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INVENTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does invention mean? 

INVENTION (noun)
  The noun INVENTION has 3 senses:

1. the creation of something in the mind
2. a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation
3. the act of inventing

  Familiarity information: INVENTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INVENTION (noun)


Sense 1invention [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The creation of something in the mind

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

invention; excogitation; innovation; conception; design

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

creative thinking; creativeness; creativity (the ability to create)

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

concoction (the invention of a scheme or story to suit some purpose)

contrivance (the faculty of contriving; inventive skill)


Sense 2invention [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

innovation; invention

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

creation (an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone)


Sense 3invention [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of inventing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

creating by mental acts (the act of creating something by thinking)

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

coinage; neologism; neology (the act of inventing a word or phrase)

contrivance; devisal (the act of devising something)


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