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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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David thought it would be easy, too, to get to a small thicket and bury his bag in a hole he had already made and covered up under the roots of an old hollow ash, and he had, in fact, found the hole without a moment's difficulty, had uncovered it, and was about gently to drop the bag into it, when the sound of a large body rustling towards him with something like a bellow was such a surprise to David, who, as a gentleman gifted with much contrivance, was naturally only prepared for what he expected, that instead of dropping the bag gently he let it fall so as to make it untwist and vomit forth the shining guineas.
And here I must pause, to point out to you the short-sightedness of human contrivance. This ingenious young man, Mr.
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. What I recall vividly is a key-hole view, to which another member of the family invited me.
"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. But in this particular, the demand has long been on the decline.
Hence, it is whiter than whitely clear that until Pakistan takes a positive action for Afghanistan, unless peace is a contrivance for Afghan people.
This year's contrivance - sorry, theme for the banquet celebration at the end of the contest - is Britain's contribution to popular music from the 1960s to the present day.
On a possible final day contrivance between the two captains, he said: "You don't get many of those any more.
The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), said it had seized broadcast contrivance worth N36.1 million in Delta.