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invention

Definitions

  • Vote Recorder—Edison's First Patented Invention
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n invention the act of inventing
    • n invention a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation
    • n invention the creation of something in the mind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The stapler was invented in Spring Valley, Minnesota.
    • Invention A fabrication to deceive; a fiction; a forgery; a falsehood. "Filling their hearers
      With strange invention ."
    • Invention 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; she patented five inventions. "We entered by the drawbridge, which has an invention to let one fall if not premonished."
    • Invention 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. "As the search of it [truth] is the duty, so the invention will be the happiness of man."
    • Invention (Fine Arts, Rhet., etc) 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.
    • Invention The faculty of inventing; imaginative faculty; skill or ingenuity in contriving anything new; as, a man of invention . "They lay no less than a want of invention to his charge; a capital crime, . . . for a poet is a maker."
    • Invention Thought; idea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sponge Candy was invented in Buffalo, NY
    • n invention A finding. [Obsolete, or archaic, as in the phrase Invention of the Cross. See cross.]
    • n invention The act or process of finding out how to make something previously unknown, or how to do something in a new way; original contrivance; creation by a new use of means: as, the invention of printing; the invention of the steamengine, or of an improved steam-engine.
    • n invention That which is invented; something previously unknown, or some new modification of an existing thing, produced by an original use of means; an original contrivance or device. When used absolutely, it generally denotes a new mechanical device, or a new process in one of the useful arts.
    • n invention Specifically, in music, a short piece in which a single thought is worked out, usually contrapuntally, but with the comparative simplicity of an impromptu or of a study.
    • n invention The act of producing by the exercise of the imagination; mental fabrication or creation: as, the invention of plots or of excuses.
    • n invention The faculty or power of inventing; skill or ingenuity in original contrivance; the gift of finding out or producing new forms, methods, processes, effects, etc.; in art and lit., the exercise of imagination in production; the creative faculty.
    • n invention A coming in; arrival.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1903 Mary Anderson invented the windshield wipers
    • n Invention that which is invented: contrivance: a deceit: power or faculty of inventing: ability displayed by any invention or effort of the imagination
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Quotations

  • Antonin Artaud
    Antonin%20Artaud
    “No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.”
  • Mary Lou Cook
    Mary Lou Cook
    “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”
  • Galileo Galilei
    Galileo Galilei
    “Doubt is the father of invention.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    Ronald%20Reagan
    “Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    Georg%20C.%20Lichtenberg
    “Of all the inventions of man I doubt whether any was more easily accomplished than that of a Heaven.”

Idioms

Necessity is the mother of invention - Difficult situations make people inventive.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inventio,: cf. F. invention,. See Invent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. invenīre, inventumin, upon, venīre, to come.

Usage

In literature:

They have not the undesigned coincidence of the ludicrous nor the fanciful invention of true humour.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
Others invented a half wheel, on which the obelisk was to be raised by degrees.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects and Curiosities of Art (Vol. 3 of 3)" by S. Spooner
These new inventions, Hanz argued, would be the ruin of no end of honest people.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
Photography, it must be remembered, was not invented.
"George Borrow The Man and His Books" by Edward Thomas
Though for some years he divided his time and effort between painting and invention, he at last decided to devote himself wholly to invention.
"Stories of Later American History" by Wilbur F. Gordy
The need was there; but invention did not follow.
"Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879" by Various
The memory fails before such infinite invention, such facility and felicity of execution.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Inventing nothing, he profited by all invented.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
We get a name for a thing and then invent the thing that fits it.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
Both sides in the Civil War invented a good many new words with which to abuse the enemy.
"Stories That Words Tell Us" by Elizabeth O'Neill
This device is the invention of A. G. Buzby, of Philadelphia, Pa.
"Scientific American, Volume XXIV., No. 12, March 18, 1871" by Various
Here Tom Jr. and his father developed their amazing inventions.
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
M. Wetli's invention, as we have described it, was placed between Woedensweil and Einsiedlen, Switzerland.
"Scientific American, Volume XXXVI., No. 8, February 24, 1877" by Various
Arabic figures were invented by the Indians.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Money is an "invention" in that it is a means of exchange that came into use independently in a great number of communities.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter
This kind of engraving was invented by Prince Rupert, in 1649.
"Popular Technology; Volume 2" by Edward Hazen
It was invented about 1650 by Otto Von Guericke, burgomaster of Magdeburg, Germany.
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
But the inventions of paper and the press have put an end to all these restraints.
"The Oxford Book of American Essays" by Various
It is impossible to say how many inventions are new inventions.
"Of the Decorative Illustration of Books Old and New" by Walter Crane
What a devilish invention it is!
"The Bomb-Makers" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

Yes, love's truly a vulgar word.
I'll invent something else to supplant it,
Just for you, the whole world, all words
I will gladly rename, if you want it.
"Without A Title" by Boris Pasternak
But jealous of our god of dreams,
His common-sense in secret schemes
To rule the heart;
Unable to invent the lyre,
Creates with simulated fire
Official art.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
All the soul in rapt suspension,
All the quivering, palpitating
Chords of life in utmost tension,
With the fervor of invention,
With the rapture of creating!
"Prometheus, Or, The Poet's Forethought. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
These the inventive can hand-paint at leisure,
Or most emporia would stock our measure;
And feasting in their dappled shade
We should forget how they were made.
"This Last Pain" by William Empson
Unto the Glass Gorgona torques her Eye
Beholding there Ten Myriad Fragments fly,
The Parts dispersing with lugubrious Din -
Who will invent a Mirror that will lie?
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
For that ye were so discontent,
To rhyme them a while ye spent,
And idle names ye did invent,
To ca' the folk,
Sic vulgar rhyme nae man will prent,
But will ye mock.
"Address To Doggerels" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

Inventing The Future of Search Means Inventing Life After It.
Biometrics is not a new area of invention for Apple.
And began a lifelong career of practical inventions.
8,279,042, invented by Blayn W Beenau of Peoria, Ariz. David S Bonalle of New Rochelle, N.Y.
8,279,042, invented by Blayn W Beenau of Peoria, Ariz.
Couple that with our love for daytime extravaganzas and we just might have the best invention of all time.
Kristyn Heath, CEO of Passive Devices and BLACK ENTERPRISE's 2008 Teenpreneur of the Year, is in a David vs Goliath battle as she fights rapper Snoop Dogg's accusation that her invention SnoopTunes infringes on his trademark.
Local crowds can get a free taste of the Travel Channel star's inventions as the Jim Beam's Track the Red Stag Food Truck Tour stops at two clubs in the city.
Skirt in the inventive Gen-X hit Swingers.
Sure, the Twitter guys still have no idea how to make money off their fabulous invention.
Long before Marilyn Manson, Ziggy Stardust and KISS, Alice Cooper invented theatrical rock.
With a taste for new art and old buildings and a love of hard work, Mina Litinsky was one of the handful of people who invented LoDo as an entertainment district.
Invention, expansion, violence marked early years.
After becoming concerned about wrong-site surgery, a St Louis doctor invented a device to keep patients safe.
It actually happens in the inventive and wildly popular "Animorphs" series.
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In science:

Pandharipande, Hodge integrals and Gromov-Witten theory, Invent.
Random surfaces enumerating algebraic curves
Pandharipande, Localization of virtual classes, Invent.
Random surfaces enumerating algebraic curves
Leeb, 3-manifolds with(out) metrics of nonpositive curvature, Invent.
Obstructions for generalized graphmanifolds to be nonpositively curved
We reformulate the notion of quasivariety invented by A. I.
M-hyperquasivarieties
Greenberg, On the behavior of p-adic L-functions at s = 0, Invent.
On a p-adic interpolation function for the q-extension of the generalized Bernoulli polynomials and Its derivative
Panchishkin, Two variable p-adic L-functions attached to eigenfamiles of positive slope, Invent.
On a p-adic interpolation function for the q-extension of the generalized Bernoulli polynomials and Its derivative
Greg McShane, Simple geodesics and a series constant over Teichmul ler space, Invent.
Generalized Markoff Maps and McShane's Identity
Sela, Canonical representatives and equations in hyperbolic groups, Invent.
Isomorphism problem for finitely generated fully residually free groups
Sarnak, On the period matrix of a Riemann surface of large genus, Invent.
The length of closed geodesics on random Riemann Surfaces
Voiculescu, Limit laws for random matrices and free products, Invent.
Large deviations for functions of two random projection matrices
Bourgain, J., Kenig, C., On localization in the continuous Anderson-Bernoulli model in higher dimension, Invent.
On localization for the Schr\"odinger operator with a Poisson random potential
GT/0403041., Simple geodesics and a series constant over Teichmul ler space, Invent.
Simple geodesics on a punctured surface
The Euler characteristics of the moduli space of curves, Invent.
Estimates for moments of random matrices with Gaussian elements
Masur, The Poisson boundary of the mapping class group, Invent.
Thin triangles and a multiplicative ergodic theorem for Teichm\"uller geometry
Minsky, Geometry of the complex of curves I: Hyperbolicity, Invent.
Thin triangles and a multiplicative ergodic theorem for Teichm\"uller geometry
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