Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun device

5 senses of device

Sense 1
device -- (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water")
       => instrumentality, instrumentation -- (an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end)

Sense 2
device -- (something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect)
       => expressive style, style -- (a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper")

Sense 3
device, gimmick, twist -- (any clever maneuver; "he would stoop to any device to win a point"; "it was a great sales gimmick"; "a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen")
       => maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre -- (a move made to gain a tactical end)

Sense 4
device -- (any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery))
       => design, pattern, figure -- (a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors")

Sense 5
device -- (an emblematic design (especially in heraldry); "he was recognized by the device on his shield")
       => emblem -- (special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.)

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