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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n contriver a person who makes plans
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Contriver One who contrives, devises, plans, or schemas.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contriver An inventor; one who plans or devises; a schemer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Contriver a schemer, a manager
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  • Edward Gibbon
    “A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy!”
  • Pierre Charron
    Pierre Charron
    “Pleasure and pain, though directly opposite are contrived to be constant companions.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. controvercon-, trover, to find—L. turbāre, to disturb.


In literature:

The instinct for acquisition is so strong that men are constantly contriving new and improved methods for getting property.
"Crime: Its Cause and Treatment" by Clarence Darrow
If we are rightly inform'd, the Rules that are observed by this new Society are wonderfully contriv'd for the Advancement of Cuckoldom.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
People say that the father has contrived that the younger son shall have the money.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
ABLE MAN, man with "a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute" (Gibbon).
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Because circumstances that tally one with another are above human contrivance.
"Trial of Mary Blandy"
Half-way up the ascent a resting-place was contrived for the carriers.
"Romance Island" by Zona Gale
I'm good at contriving, Frank; only give me something to contrive with.
"Real Folks" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Suppose instead that you really do contrive to bring about a civil war.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
He contrived to persuade her to grant him an interview.
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
He said it was a plot to ruin him contrived between Monsieur and his henchman, Lucas.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
On the 7th March, a native Otaheitan, whom Bligh had confined in irons, contrived to break the lock of the bilboa-bolt and make his escape.
"The Eventful History Of The Mutiny And Piratical Seizure Of H.M.S. Bounty: Its Cause And Consequences" by Sir John Barrow
But he contrived to win the President over to his way of envisaging many Oriental questions.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Yet, with a marvelous art, he contrived to make both sides of his apparent character harmonize with his public and open appearance.
"The International Monthly, Vol. II, No. I" by Various
One with two shares, contrived to cut two furrows at once, seemed the most useful of any recently invented.
"The International Monthly, Volume 4, No. 4, November 1, 1851" by Various
Langley contrived to obtain an introduction, which he tried for several months to improve into an acquaintance.
"Perils in the Transvaal and Zululand" by H.C. Adams
We think he would have been a wiser man if he had contrived to have had a door.
"Knowledge is Power:" by Charles Knight
These and many other contrivances proved ineffectual.
"Discipline" by Mary Brunton
Besides these, contrivances are required to raise heavy materials to the various positions which they are to occupy.
"Popular Technology; Volume 2" by Edward Hazen
He then proposed to me to explain how I could contrive it.
"Stories of Invention" by Edward E. Hale
Have they drums with cords, or some other contrivance by means of which the parchment can be tightened or slackened at pleasure?
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel

In poetry:

While others do for mischief strive,
Envy their neebors when they thrive;
To steal and murder, some contrive,
And do prevail;
Sic guests within auld Satan's hive
Will never fail.
"The Loss Of Man's Happiness" by Susannah Hawkins
This evening, Delia, you and I, Have managed most delightfully,
For with a frown we parted;
Having contrived some trifle that
We both may be much troubled at,
And sadly disconcerted.
"Apology to Delia" by William Cowper
Earthen jar of quaint design,
Fragile clay and slender mould,
I shall soon have drained the wine
Which you still contrive to hold,--
Wine that sixty years ago
Seemed about to overflow.
"The Wine Of Life" by John Lawson Stoddard
But their fine-wrought filligree
In my rude hand would break. It is for those
That can contrive them to employ such weapons:
They ask a practised wrist. But chance what may,
Well as I can -
"Nathan The Wise - Act III" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
At six times seven all covetise
Began to harbour in my breast;
My mind still then contriving was
How I might gain this worldly wealth;
To purchase lands and live on them,
So make my children mighty men.
"The Life And Age Of Man" by Anonymous British
Charmed by that double gaze, the moon that's won unto
The magic I contrive, will mirror my wan face,
And you will see above, so far, so still, so sad,
The daughter of the Khan who nightly seeks your gaze.
"Kalmuck Bride" by Padraic Colum

In news:

At the start of Bastion, the Narrator feels like a contrivance.
) The author provides a fictional past and a fictional last book for Freud in this wonderfully contrived novel that evokes Freud's ambition as well as his self-deception.
' Beastly ' review: Want some contrived romance.
Charles Dickens's bulky novels, with their bright moralism and their hectic, contrived and neatly tied-up plots, must have offered Victorian readers many of the satisfactions we now associate with moviegoing.
A small specialized mechanical device, a contrivance.
BIOGRAPHIES can be wearisome contrivances, often too long and too detailed for their own good.
'Beastly' review: Want some contrived romance.
Stars can't steer contrived road trip.
'Spring Fever' a contrived melodrama.
Disappointing 'Eli' confused, contrived .
Obama foes contrived speech controversy to hassle president.
There may be a lesson plan for grown-ups in the contrived controversy about Barack Obama's back-to-school pep talk to students.
Lawyer Calls Billy Joel Suit ' Contrived '.
Chrome Pony's ringleader needs something totally contrived to be genuine.
Riddled with contrivances but suspenseful nonetheless.

In science:

To illustrate this risk, we consider a minimalistic, perhaps contrived, but hopefully suggestive example in Figure 1.
Icebergs in the Clouds: the Other Risks of Cloud Computing
As another contrived but illustrative example, consider the “cloud service stack ” in Figure 2.
Icebergs in the Clouds: the Other Risks of Cloud Computing
Bounding the Rate of Bit-OT from String-OT Example 5.1 was contrived to highlight the shortcomings of prior work.
Assisted Common Information with an Application to Secure Two-Party Sampling
This brings into question how many, if any, real systems possess such a contrived architecture and are therefore capable of scattering at sufficiently high rates to retain exozodi dust on long timescales.
Scattering of small bodies by planets: a potential origin for exozodiacal dust ?
Examples of such maps, although existing in literature, are somewhat contrived .
Extremal extensions of entanglement witnesses and their connection with UPB
Let us further consider the contrived worst-case starting point provided in figure 6.
An Efficient Generation Algorithm for Lexicalist MT
Since there are no other symmetries to guide our choice of action we might consider heuristic criteria to contrive an action which might exhibit spontaneous symmetry breaking of the event-symmetry.
Event-Symmetric Physics
This can be done by allowing the value for tabc to be 0, 1 or −1, with the constraints tabc = −tbac = −tacb An edge in the triangulation must have a contribution from a negative triangle and a positive triangle to ensure the surface is oriented. A suitable action can also be contrived for this case.
Event-Symmetric Physics
Nelson and Barr have proposed a contrived mechanism to guarantee θQF D = 0.
Quaternionic Mass Matrices and CP Symmetry
The unfortunate situation then, is that the models require a continuous renormalisation to match the observations and such a solution often results in contrived and implausible physical implications.
Hubble Deep Fever: A faint galaxy diagnosis
Although the energetics may be adequate, the implied assumption that the bursts have a comoving density which is independent of redshift is somewhat contrived .
Summary: ZeV Air Showers. Where do we Stand?
However, the model is contrived, requiring similar fluxes from the two components in the Chandra band. (iv) Synchrotron radiation is possible, but the electron population must be distinct from that which produces the radio and optical emission.
Chandra X-ray Observations of Cygnus A and Pictor A
The choice of the scale µ = m in Ref., although possible, is contrived: this scale can be determined self-consistently only after solving the gap equation, and therefore it is not a free parameter.
Comment on ``Electron Mass Operator in a Strong Magnetic Field and Dynamical Chiral Symmetry Breaking"
The spectrum above 1 Mev can be made arbitrarily steep, giving a change ∆αX−γ > 0.5, as observed in some cases (Without a minimum energy injection energy and contrived cooling rates, inefficient cooling of low energy pairs, the other mechanism proposed for MeV break, can only produce ∆αX−γ = 0.5.).
Workshop Summary for Cracow 1997: Relativistic Jets in AGNs
While in the context of the Fock spaces of light modes the states |ω+ ia and |ω− ib look somewhat contrived, in the context of two-level atoms they are easily recognized as the atomic coherent states |ni1 and |n′ i2 with θ = θ ′ = π/3 and φ − φ′ = π .
Testing Bell's inequality with two-level atoms via population spectroscopy