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CONTRIVANCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contrivance mean? 

CONTRIVANCE (noun)
  The noun CONTRIVANCE has 6 senses:

1. a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
2. the faculty of contriving; inventive skill
3. an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
4. an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.
5. any improvised arrangement for temporary use
6. the act of devising something

  Familiarity information: CONTRIVANCE used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTRIVANCE (noun)


Sense 1contrivance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A device or control that is very useful for a particular job

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

appliance; contraption; contrivance; gadget; widget; gizmo; gismo; convenience

Hypernyms ("contrivance" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contrivance"):

gadgetry (appliances collectively)

gimbal (an appliance that allows an object (such as a ship's compass) to remain horizontal even as its support tips)

injector (a contrivance for injecting (e.g., water into the boiler of a steam engine or particles into an accelerator etc.))

mod con (modern convenience; the appliances and conveniences characteristic of a modern house)


Sense 2contrivance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The faculty of contriving; inventive skill

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem

Hypernyms ("contrivance" is a kind of...):

conception; design; excogitation; innovation; invention (the creation of something in the mind)


Sense 3contrivance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

dodge; stratagem; contrivance

Context example:

his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track

Hypernyms ("contrivance" is a kind of...):

scheme; strategy (an elaborate and systematic plan of action)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contrivance"):

plant (something planted secretly for discovery by another)

pump-and-dump scheme (an illegal scheme for making money by manipulating stock prices; the schemer persuades other people to buy the stock and then sells it himself as soon as the price of the stock rises)

wangle; wangling (an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery)


Sense 4contrivance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable

Hypernyms ("contrivance" is a kind of...):

arrangement; organisation; organization; system (an organized structure for arranging or classifying)


Sense 5contrivance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any improvised arrangement for temporary use

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

lash-up; contrivance

Hypernyms ("contrivance" is a kind of...):

arrangement (an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contrivance"):

patch; temporary hookup (a connection intended to be used for a limited time)


Sense 6contrivance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of devising something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

devisal; contrivance

Hypernyms ("contrivance" is a kind of...):

invention (the act of inventing)


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