Share this entry

Share this page


División en sílabas: in·ven·tion
Pronunciación: /inˈven(t)SH(ə)n

Definición de invention en inglés:


1The action of inventing something, typically a process or device: the invention of printing in the 15th century
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Artistic pursuit can come in many forms such as research, invention, poetry or painting.
  • Very much like the issuance of a patent by the US Patent Office on any crazy notion, implies that the idea, invention, process, actually exists or works?
  • Thomas Edison's first invention was a tabulation device that showed visitors to a state legislature exactly how lawmakers were voting on every bill.
origination, creation, innovation, devising, development, design
1.1Something, typically a process or device, that has been invented: medieval inventions included spectacles for reading and the spinning wheel
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Utility patents - unlike design or plant patents - are granted for inventions of machines, processes, and products.
  • A shame since it includes the weapons, sabotage devices and other inventions which undoubtedly frustrated the German forces.
  • In the EU, he says, IBM is one of the strongest supporters of the proposed directive on computer implemented inventions, a very controversial piece of legislation.
innovation, creation, design, contraption, contrivance, construction, device, gadget
informal brainchild
1.2Creative ability: his powers of invention were rather limited
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Yet these are still fascinating questions, questions that provoke us and bring forth all kinds of creative thought and invention.
  • Why unrefined, ill-informed, loose oral expressions seem to displace thoroughness, creativity, innovation, invention and skill.
  • Jan's technical ability, artistic invention, and intellect were universally recognized, by writers and artists in Italy as well as the Netherlands.
1.3Something fabricated or made up: you know my story is an invention
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • When it turned out that the motorcycle story was an invention, they were even less pleased about this fantasy Web site.
  • The legend of Robin Hood, inventions or stories on which intellectual property protections have lapsed, and the Linux operating system are simply not cases of ownership at all.
  • Sure it might be about identity as ‘an invention based on myths and half-truths’, but is also typical of most video art - boring.
fabrication, concoction, (piece of) fiction, story, tale;
lie, untruth, falsehood, fib, myth, fantasy, make-believe
informal tall tale, cock-and-bull story
1.4Used as a title for a short piece of music: Bach’s two-part Inventions
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • At least a few of Bach's two-part inventions are well-known to beginning piano students, general media consumers and, sadly, cell-phone users.
  • Bach wrote a number of 2-part and 3-part Inventions for keyboard.


Middle English (in the sense 'finding out, discovery'): from Latin inventio(n-), from invenire 'discover' (see invent).

Share this entry

Share this page


¿Qué te llama la atención de esta palabra o frase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Obtenga más de Oxford Dictionaries

Suscribirse para eliminar anuncios y acceder a los recursos premium

Palabra del día jaunt
Pronunciación: dʒɔːnt
a short excursion or journey made for pleasure