|1.||[ noun ] an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose|
"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"
|Related terms:||instrumentality machine instrument key appliance detector reflector contraceptive filter trap fan comb blower alarm noisemaker keyboard electronic_device magnet guard indicator crusher musical_instrument pull seal prod support heater applicator valve deflector dental_appliance breathalyzer depressor mechanism breathing_device aspergill battery_charger diestock agglomerator drive drop_forge buffer autopilot airfoil pick electrical_device elastic_device remote_control reset exercise_device catapult explosive_device shoehorn bubbler shoetree fire_extinguisher comforter bait backscratcher adapter stabilizer gas_fixture data_input_device knocker lifting_device lighter sweatbox input_device dampener memory_device corer conductor foil nest_egg throwing_stick optical_device override kinetoscope tongs groover prompter energiser truss corrective converter restraint flare runner billiard_marker ventilator holding_device shooting_stick source_of_illumination sprinkler_system heat_exchanger stencil strengthener stylus snowshoe shredder synchroflash take-up imprint router cryptograph lift paper_feed scratcher tilter cutoff interrupter washboard water_cooler signaling_device trigger sounder damper straightener bootjack peeler blowtube power_takeoff stemmer teaser afterburner acoustic_device|
|2.||[ noun ] something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect|
|Related terms:||expressive_style rhetorical_device|
|3.||[ noun ] any clever (deceptive) maneuver|
"he would stoop to any device to win a point"
|Related terms:||maneuver trick|
|4.||[ noun ] any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)|
|Related terms:||design seal|
|5.||[ noun ] (heraldry) an emblematic design (especially in heraldry)|
"he was recognized by the device on his shield"
|Related terms:||emblem union heraldry|