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Contrivance meaning

contrivance - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. a device that is very useful for a particular job
  2. 2. The act or faculty of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning.
  3. 3. The thing contrived, invented, or planned; disposition of parts or causes by design; a scheme; plan; atrifice; arrangement.
  4. 4. Something contrived; device; scheme.

contrivance - examples of usage

  1. Were this a mere tale of fancy, here would be a fine opportunity for weaving in strange adventures among these wild mountains and roving hunters; and, after involving my hero in a variety of perils and difficulties, rescuing him from them all by some miraculous contrivance: but as this is absolutely a true story, I must content myself with simple facts, and keep to probabilities. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  2. I'll get you something- an india- rubber contrivance to practise with for half an hour a day, and you'll develop a hand like a gorilla's." - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
  3. It was easy to propose to myself the making of a raft or the like of such a fabric; but everything was so hard frozen that, being single- handed, it was next to impossible I should be able to put together such a contrivance as would be fit to live in the smallest sea- way. - "The Frozen Pirate", W. Clark Russell.
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