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Device may refer to:

Computing and electronics

it is also meant for " to one thing at a time"

Other uses

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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

DEVICE, a scheme, plan, simple mechanical contrivance; also a pattern or design, particularly an heraldic design or emblem, often combined with a motto or legend. "Device" and its doublet "devise" come from the two Old French forms devis and devise of the Latin divisa, things divided, from dividere, to separate, used in the sense of to arrange, set out, apportion. "Devise," as a substantive, is now only used as a legal term for a disposition of property by will, by a modern convention restricted to a disposition of real property, the term "bequest" being used of personalty (see Will). This use is directly due to the Medieval Latin meaning of dividere = testamento disponere. In its verbal form, "devise" is used not only in the legal sense, but also in the sense of to plan, arrange, scheme.

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Old French devis, from Latin divisus, past participle of dividere (to divide).




device (plural devices)

  1. 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.
  2. A project or scheme, often designed to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.
  3. (rhetoric) A technique that an author or speaker uses to evoke an emotional response in the audience; a rhetorical device.
  4. (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.
  5. (law) An image used in whole or in part as a trademark or service mark.
  6. (printing) An image or logo denoting official or proprietary authority or provenience.
    • 1943 United States Post Office Department. A Description of United States Postage Stamps / Issued by the Post Office Department from July 1, 1847, to April 1, 1945 [sic], USGPO, Washington, p1:
      Prior to the issuance of the first stamps, letters accepted by postmasters for dispatch were marked "Paid" by means of pen and ink or hand stamps of various designs. [...] To facilitate the handling of mail matter, some postmasters provided special stamps or devices for use on letters as evidence of the prepayment of postage.
  7. (obsolete) A spectacle or show.
  8. (obsolete) Opinion; decision.
  9. (obsolete) Power of devising; invention; contrivance.
    • 1824. Landor, Walter Savage "King Henry IV and Sir Arnold Savage" from Imaginary Conversations of Literary Men and Statesmen, page 44
      Moreover I must have instruments of mine own device, weighty, and exceeding costly


Derived terms


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device f.

  1. genitive singular form of devica.
  2. nominative plural form of devica.
  3. accusative plural form of devica.

Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:

Device could mean:

  • A measuring instrument
  • A machine or part of one
  • A tool or part of one
  • An information appliance, such as a cell phone
  • Device implying computer hardware
  • A peripheral device attached to a computer
  • A display device (or graphics device), for visual or tactile presentation of images and/or text
  • An electronic component
  • A device file, in computing
  • Device, Dutch ICT Company.
  • A rhetorical device
  • Device No.1, an album by Flint
  • devices, a Los Angeles-based power-pop band from the late 1980s and early 1990s
  • Heraldic device, part of a coat of arms
  • de-VICE, an online magazine started in 2005 that dabbles with electronic music, movies, anime, travel, and subcultural asidesde-VICE #3
  • An attachment to a medal's ribbon denoting special service, participation in a battle, or additional awards. Examples include a service star and the oak leaf cluster.
Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:

Devise could also mean:

  • To invent
  • A disposition of real property in a will, like a bequest

Or see the placename Devizes


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