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Noun: devices  di'vI-siz
  1. An inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase 'left to your own devices'
    "eventually the family left the house to the devices of this malevolent force"; "the children were left to their own devices"
Noun: device  di'vIs
  1. An instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
    "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
  2. Something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
  3. A trick or device used to achieve some end, esp. sales or publicity
    "he would stoop to any device to win a point";
    - gimmick
  4. Any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
  5. (heraldry) an emblematic design (especially in heraldry)
    "he was recognized by the device on his shield"

Type of: design, disposition, emblem, expressive style, figure, inclination, instrumentality, instrumentation, maneuver [US], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], means, pattern, style, tactical maneuver [US], tactical manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], tendency

Encyclopedia: Devices