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Synonyms for contrivance

Synonyms for contrivance

something, as a machine, devised for a particular function

something invented

Synonyms for contrivance

a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

the faculty of contriving

an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.

any improvised arrangement for temporary use

the act of devising something


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And here I must pause, to point out to you the short-sightedness of human contrivance.
It may seem to you rather a blundering contrivance for a clever young man to bury the guineas.
I made my humblest acknowledgment to this illustrious person, for his great communicativeness; and promised, "if ever I had the good fortune to return to my native country, that I would do him justice, as the sole inventor of this wonderful machine;" the form and contrivance of which I desired leave to delineate on paper, as in the figure here annexed.
And at last I got her, though I forget by which of many contrivances.
You see," said the Captain, "I use Bunsen's contrivances, not Ruhmkorff's.
The contrast between the swift and complex movements of these contrivances and the inert panting clumsiness of their masters was acute, and for days I had to tell myself repeatedly that these latter were indeed the living of the two things.
An anchor of yesterday (because nowadays there are contrivances like mushrooms and things like claws, of no particular expression or shape - just hooks) - an anchor of yesterday is in its way a most efficient instrument.
She wondered as she regarded some of the grizzled women in the room, mere mechanical contrivances sewing seams and grinding out, with heads bended over their work, tales of imagined or real girlhood happiness, past drunks, the baby at home, and unpaid wages.
As every one knows, these same hogs' bristles, fins, whiskers, blinds, or whatever you please, furnish to the ladies their busks and other stiffening contrivances.
Tenders are invited for Supply Of Automatic contrivance
An "Amelie"-like tale of whimsical wonder tinged with a bit more black comedy, "Liza, the Fox-Fairy" will strike viewers variously as an impish delight or an offbeat contrivance that feels a tad too pleased with itself.
Islamabad -- The audit officials have declared the contrivance fund of Rs.
It's a Cuckoo's Nest contrivance from Wayne's World director Penelope Spheeris, going from the sublime to St Nicholas.
To insist that the former negate the latter's relevance is a contrivance at its best.
Sadly, Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked lacks the charm and energy of the earlier films, and stranding the animals on an island is a flimsy contrivance to force Alvin to grow up.