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(Latin) inventio: confer (French) invention. See Invent.


1. 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. Tatham.

2. 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. We entered by the drawbridge, which has an invention to let one fall if not premonished. Evelyn.

3. Thought; idea. (Shakespeare)

4. A fabrication to deceive; a fiction; a forgery; a falsehood. Filling their hearers With strange invention. (Shakespeare)

5. 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. Dryden.

6. (Fine Arts, Rhetoric, 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 of the cross (Ecclesiastical), a festival celebrated May 3d, in honor of the finding of our Savior's cross by St. Helena.

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From the Old French invencion, envention, from the Latin inventiō, from inveniō.




invention (plural inventions) Something invented. My new invention will let you alphabetize your matchbook collection in half the usual time. I'm afraid there was no burglar. It was all the housekeeper's invention. 1944 November 28, Irving Brecher and Fred F. Finklehoffe, Meet Me in St. Louis, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer: Warren Sheffield is telephoning Rose long distance at half past six. Personally, I wouldn't marry a man who proposed to me over an invention. 2013 October 5, “The widening gyre”, The Economist, volume 409, number 8856:  British inventions have done more to influence the shape of the modern world than those of any other country. Many—football, the steam engine and Worcestershire sauce, to take a random selection—have spread pleasure, goodwill and prosperity. Others—the Maxim gun, the Shrapnel shell and jellied eels—have not. The act of inventing. The invention of the printing press was probably the most significant innovation of the medieval ages. 2013 September-October, Henry Petroski, “The Evolution of Eyeglasses”, American Scientist:  Digging deeper, the invention of eyeglasses is an elaboration of the more fundamental development of optics technology. The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone, . The capacity to invent. It took quite a bit of invention to come up with a plan, but we did it. (music) A small, self-contained composition, particularly those in J.S. Bach’s Two- and Three-part Inventions. I particularly like the inventions in C-minor. 1880, George Grove (editor and entry author), A Dictionary of Music and Musicians II, London: Macmillan & Co., page 15, Invention: INVENTION. A term used by J. S. Bach, and probably by him only, for small pianoforte pieces — 15 in 2 parts and 15 in 3 parts — each developing a single idea, and in some measure answering to the Impromptu of a later day. (archaic) The act of discovering or finding; the act of finding out; discovery. That judicial method which serveth best for the invention of truth.



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