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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Device

DEVICE, noun [Latin]

1. That which is formed by design, or invented; scheme; artificial contrivance; stratagem; project; sometimes in a good sense; more generally in a bad sense, as artifices are usually employed for bad purposes.

In a good sense:

His device is against Babylon, to destroy it. Psalms 21:11.

In a bad sense:

He disappointeth the devices of the crafty. Psalms 21:11.

They imagined a mischievous device Psalms 21:11.

2. An emblem intended to represent a family, person, action or quality, with a suitable motto; used in painting, sculpture and heraldry. It consists in a metaphorical similitude between the things representing and represented, as the figure of a plow representing agriculture.

Knights-errant used to distinguish themselves by devices on their shields.

3. Invention; genius; faculty of devising; as a man of noble device

4. A spectacle or show.