Contrivance vs. Device

Contrivance vs. Device — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Contrivance and Device

Contrivancenoun

The act of contriving.

Devicenoun

An object designed and manufactured to perform one or more functions.

Contrivancenoun

The state of being contrived.

Devicenoun

A literary contrivance, such as parallelism or personification, used to achieve a particular effect.

Contrivancenoun

Something contrived, as a mechanical device or a clever plan.

Devicenoun

A decorative design, figure, or pattern, as one used in embroidery.

Contrivancenoun

a (mechanical) device to perform a certain task

Devicenoun

A graphic symbol or motto, especially in heraldry.

Contrivancenoun

a means, such as an elaborate plan or strategy, to accomplish a certain objective

Devicenoun

A plan or scheme for accomplishing something

“Now Lydgate might have called at the warehouse, or might have written a message on a leaf of his pocket-book and left it at the door. Yet these simple devices apparently did not occur to him” (George Eliot).

Contrivancenoun

something overly artful or artificial

Devicenoun

Any piece of equipment made for a particular purpose, especially a mechanical or electrical one.

There are a number of household devices in a kitchen such as a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, or an electric can opener.

Contrivancenoun

a device that is very useful for a particular job

Devicenoun

(computing) A peripheral device; an item of hardware.

Contrivancenoun

the faculty of contriving; inventive skill;

his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem

Devicenoun

A project or scheme, often designed to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.

Contrivancenoun

an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade;

his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track

Devicenoun

(Ireland) An improvised explosive device, home-made bomb

Contrivancenoun

an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.;

the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable

Devicenoun

(rhetoric) A technique that an author or speaker uses to evoke an emotional response in the audience; a rhetorical device.

Contrivancenoun

any improvised arrangement for temporary use

Devicenoun

(heraldry) A motto, emblem, or other mark used to distinguish the bearer from others. A device differs from a badge or cognizance primarily because as it is a personal distinction, and not a badge borne by members of the same house successively.

Contrivancenoun

the act of devising something

Devicenoun

(archaic) Power of devising; invention; contrivance.

Devicenoun

(legal) An image used in whole or in part as a trademark or service mark.

Devicenoun

(printing) An image or logo denoting official or proprietary authority or provenience.

Devicenoun

(obsolete) A spectacle or show.

Devicenoun

(obsolete) Opinion; decision.

Devicenoun

an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose;

the device is small enough to wear on your wrista device intended to conserve water

Devicenoun

something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect

Devicenoun

any clever (deceptive) maneuver;

he would stoop to any device to win a point

Devicenoun

any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)

Devicenoun

an emblematic design (especially in heraldry);

he was recognized by the device on his shield