- 1A plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is made: he has just unveiled his design for the new museumMore example sentences
- I asked Lara whether crews had discovered problems during construction - poor building plans or designs or materials.
- Not long time back building designs & drawings was a pain in the neck by the hand using the conventional pen and paper on a drafting table.
- The location of the Quarter will depend on the developer's plans and designs and scale of buildings.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The art or action of conceiving of and producing a plan or drawing of something before it is made: good design can help the reader understand complicated informationMore example sentences
- The result is that component design is rarely conceived of in such a way that lends itself to automated manufacturing.
- The set and light design, which was conceived of even before the script was written, was being touted as the main focus of the piece.
- Some plans are difficult to administer, but this is often a result of complex design chosen by the plan sponsor.
- 1.2 [mass noun] The arrangement of the features of an artefact, as produced from following a plan or drawing: inside, the design reverts to turn-of-the-century luxeMore example sentences
- The design of the coin should be clear and precise with unevenness or blurring a sign of counterfeiting.
- The policy and process for deciding on coin designs for our coins is based on the Mint's Policy on Coin Designs and Issue.
- Little is known about Greek influences beyond what can be gathered from coins, although, like much of Roman art and politics, Roman coin designs were heavily influenced by Greek styles.
- 2A decorative pattern: pottery with a lovely blue and white designMore example sentences
- Some crystal or fine glassware has a gilt design or edge on the rim of glass or as a decorative design or a patterned glass dish.
- It featured exuberant decorative patterns, designs in the brickwork and wooden attachments.
- It was used by my grandmother and her mother before her as a means of chalking decorative patterns and designs upon the slate hearthstone and doorstep.
- 3 [mass noun] Purpose or planning that exists behind an action, fact, or object: the appearance of design in the universeMore example sentences
- Neither its design nor its purpose has changed in that time.
- The design behind these incidents was undoubtedly to give it a communal colour.
- A second argument draws from the appearance of design in the universe the conclusion that there must be a Designer.
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- 1Decide upon the look and functioning of (a building, garment, or other object), by making a detailed drawing of it: a number of architectural students were designing a factory (as adjective, with submodifier designed) specially designed buildingsMore example sentences
- So the building was deliberately designed to function both as a station and as a fort.
- A competition will be launched to decide who will design the new buildings.
- Of course buildings must be designed with consideration of how they will fit in.
- 1.1Do or plan (something) with a specific purpose in mind: [with object and infinitive]: the tax changes were designed to stimulate economic growthMore example sentences
- The new website is designed to help students plan how they get to school or college.
- This equips the researchers to design studies in vitro that will allow them to improve animal welfare and reduce variability.
- Many brands and types of products are specifically designed to protect and restore your leather goods.
- As a result of a plan; intentionally: I became a presenter by default rather than by designMore example sentences
- If they did end up saving too little, they'd have done so by design rather than default.
- Well, it may seem obvious that they both are made by design or intent.
- Lots of people are starting to suspect that's by design rather than by accident.
have designs on
- Aim to obtain (something), typically in an underhand way: he suspected her of having designs on the family fortuneMore example sentences
- He emerged as sole leader of the opposition in 1263, but his position had weakened, for many magnates suspected him of having designs on the throne.
- We still have designs on taking that third spot and qualifying for Europe.
- The only way to avoid deaths on such a grand scale is to ensure someone who has designs on power are dealt with in the strictest manner at the earliest opportunity.
- • informal Have an undisclosed sexual interest in: a bloke called Kevin who, in Henry’s view, had had designs on ElinorMore example sentences
- A Geordie bus driver, captivated by my southern charm, had designs on me that weren't entirely honourable.
- He had designs on two of our daughters, but wasn't able to make a move because he was terrified of me.
- What he doesn't count on, however, is the children's mean-spirited ability to thwart every red-blooded male who has designs on their mother.
late Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'to designate'): from Latin designare 'to designate', reinforced by French désigner. The noun is via French from Italian.