Definition of device in English:
- The aim of nanotechnology is to manipulate molecules atom by atom, treating them like mechanical devices with gears, wheels, levers, hooks, pivots, locks and keys.
- Such articles include electronic devices, dust handling equipment and notebook computer enclosures.
- Radioactivity cannot be felt, smelled, seen, or heard directly and is detectable only with the aid of mechanical or electronic devices.
- Bucher considered stocking the ship with Thermite, an incendiary device that is very difficult to extinguish.
- Their priority is an end to air strikes, tank attacks, artillery barrages, sniping, car bombs and roadside explosive devices.
- The 1949 Soviet explosion of a nuclear device reinforced the image of an external threat.
- In the absence of other methods and devices, an Australian Bill of Rights may have been useful.
- Anarchists don't salute anyone and they wouldn't think to use it as a mnemonic device, but their method is the same.
- Doris and Nana appear out of nowhere and act as little more than clumsy devices to move the plot along and reveal the truth behind mysteries set up elsewhere.
- Obviously, this a rhetorical device: a trope or some sort of shorthand for the linking of theory to practice.
- These ten poems are not joined together by a narrative structure, or recurring rhetorical devices intended to produce a unified group of poems.
- In a work of literature Stewart's lies would constitute synecdoche, the rhetorical device in which a part stands for the whole.
- He had a taste for popular decorative devices, such as fruit, flowers, and brocades, which resulted in a curious and engaging blend of naivety and sophistication.
- The superior canines of the adult bear were extracted, probably for use as decorative devices.
- If a hallmark on a spoon is so worn you can't make it out, which side bears the heraldic device could give a clue to its date.
- He chose the Corbinian Bear as an heraldic device for his papal coat of arms.
- In elite society, aristocratic funerary sculpture quickly replaced religious imagery with heraldic and symbolic devices.
Middle English: from Old French devis, based on Latin divis- 'divided', from the verb dividere. The original sense was 'desire or intention', found now only in leave a person to his or her own devices (which has become associated with sense 2).
The original sense of device was ‘desire, intention’, which is found now only in to leave a person to their own devices. It does occur in the title of the novel Devices and Desires by the crime writer P. D. James, taken from the Book of Common Prayer: ‘We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.’ The source of device is a French form based on Latin dividere ‘to divide’. Its sense developed from ‘desire, intention’ to ‘a plan, scheme, trick’ and then the usual modern meaning of ‘a thing made or adapted for a particular purpose’.
leave someone to their own devices
- Leave someone to do as they wish without supervision.Example sentences
- Bemused families said they were left to their own devices while Army personnel began controlled explosions.
- Members of the community say they have been left to their own devices by law enforcement officials for many years, and are struggling between an instinctive resentment of police and a burgeoning sense of the size of the problem.
- Nature magically stimulates children's imaginations; their level of inventiveness and ingenuity seems to explode when they are left to their own devices.
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