device has definitions from the field of heraldry
1
[ noun ] an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

Examples

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

Used in print

(Walter H. Buchsbaum, "Advances in Medical Electronics"...)

Commonly used electronic_devices which are found in practically every hospital are closed-circuit TV and audio_systems for internal paging and instruction , along with radiation counters , timers , and similar devices .

(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)

The board approved and commended the use of birth-control devices as a part of Christian responsibility in family_planning .

(1961 Research Highlights of the National Bureau of...)

In one of these , an exploding wire device to study systems thermodynamically up_to 6000 * * f and 100 atmospheres pressure , a major goal was achieved .

(The Family Fallout Shelter. Office of Civil and Defence...)

Tests have shown that such a device , with a fresh battery , will furnish light continuously for at_least 10 days .

(Jesse W. Grimes and Wesley Allinsmith, "Compuls...)

Although the Taylor_Scale was designed as a group testing device , in this study it was individually administered by psychologically trained workers who established rapport and assisted the children in reading the items .

2
[ noun ] something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect

Used in print

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

The `` chase '' as a standard film device probably dates_from The_Great_Train_Robbery , and there is a reason for the continued popularity of the device .

The `` chase '' as a standard film device probably dates_from The_Great_Train_Robbery , and there is a reason for the continued popularity of the device .

3
[ noun ] any clever (deceptive) maneuver

Synonyms

twist gimmick

Examples

"he would stoop to any device to win a point"

Used in print

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

When radio came_in , it continued the misplaced modifier in its routines as a standard device .

The double meaning in the anatomical made it a familiar vaudeville device , as in the gags of Weber and Fields .

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)

Examples

"he was recognized by the device on his shield"

Related terms

emblem union heraldry

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