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Invention meaning

invention - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. The act of finding out or inventing; contrivance or construction of that which has not before existed; as, the invention of logarithms; the invention of the art of printing.
  2. 2. That which is invented; an original contrivance or construction; a device; as, this fable was the invention of Esop; that falsehood was her own invention.
  3. 3. Thought; idea.
  4. 4. A fabrication to deceive; a fiction; a forgery; a falsehood.
  5. 5. The faculty of inventing; imaginative faculty; skill or ingenuity in contriving anything new; as, a man of invention.
  6. 6. The exercise of the imagination in selecting and treating a theme, or more commonly in contriving the arrangement of a piece, or the method of presenting its parts.
  7. 7. Act of inventing; anything invented; deceit; faculty of inventing.

invention - examples of usage

  1. Heavy with a sense of his own dull powers of invention- for he found himself unable to conceive one, much less five such schemes- M. Duquesne came into the inspector's room. - "The Sins of Séverac Bablon", Sax Rohmer.
  2. Invention is ever at work. - "An History of Birmingham (1783)", William Hutton.
  3. Let us take invention. - "The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society", Upton Sinclair.
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