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invention

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɛnʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of invention in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The action of inventing something, typically a process or device: the invention of printing in the 15th century
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
origination, creation, innovation, devising, contriving, contrivance, formulation, development, design;
discovery, finding
1.1 [count noun] Something, typically a process or device, that has been invented: medieval inventions included spectacles for reading and the spinning wheel
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  • 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.
Synonyms
innovation, origination, creation, design, contraption, contrivance, construction, device, gadget, apparatus, machine;
discovery;
informal brainchild, gizmo, widget
1.2Creative ability: his powers of invention were rather limited
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.3 [count noun] Something fabricated or made up: you know my story is an invention
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  • 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.
Synonyms
fabrication, concoction, fiction, piece of fiction, yarn, story, tale, figment of one's imagination;
lie, untruth, falsehood, fib, trumped-up story;
myth, fantasy
informal tall story, fairy story, fairy tale, cock and bull story, red herring
1.4Used as a title for a short piece of music: Bach’s two-part Inventions
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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  • ‘Finding out, discover’ rather than creating is the base sense of invention, which comes from Latin invenire ‘discover, come upon’ from in-‘into, upon’, and venire ‘come’. Inventory (Late Middle English) ‘a list of what is found’ is from the same source.

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