contrivance

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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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He might have thought it his duty to destroy a contrivance of this kind, as he would a gigantic narwhal.
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.
Hunt now set to work with all diligence, to prepare caches, in which to deposit the baggage and merchandise, of which it would be necessary to disburden themselves, preparatory to their weary march by land: and here we shall give a brief description of those contrivances, so noted in the wilderness.
He had a relish for luxury and splendor, but it was satisfied by rather gross contrivances.
On the very tips of their heads were certain square-looking boxes, which, at first sight, I thought might have been intended to answer as turbans, but I soon discovered that they were excessively heavy and solid, and I therefore concluded they were contrivances designed, by their great weight, to keep the heads of the animals steady and safe upon their shoulders.
Anne had a moment's astonishment on the subject herself; but it was soon lost in the pleasanter feelings which sprang from the sight of all the ingenious contrivances and nice arrangements of Captain Harville, to turn the actual space to the best account, to supply the deficiencies of lodging-house furniture, and defend the windows and doors against the winter storms to be expected.
They buy alarm-clocks (artful contrivances that go off at the wrong time and alarm the wrong people).
He was even ashamed of the ease with which the whole thing had been done: it reminded him, for an uncomfortable moment, of Lawrence Lefferts's masterly contrivances for securing his freedom.
This is the last time I trust myself to one of these paleolithic contrivances.
Dorothea accused herself of some meanness in this timidity: it was always odious to her to have any small fears or contrivances about her actions, but at this moment she was seeking the highest aid possible that she might not dread the corrosiveness of Celia's pretty carnally minded prose.
And at last I got her, though I forget by which of many contrivances.
He was clever at mechanical contrivances of all sorts, and he introduced improvements in Mrs.
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.
I'm only trying to study a bit; but I'm so stupid I don't get on much," answered the girl reluctantly, permitting her little mistress to examine the poor contrivances she was trying to work with.
She prided herself also upon being an excellent contriver in housekeeping; though I could never find that we grew richer with her contrivances.