- 1The action of inventing something, typically a process or device: the invention of printing in the 15th centuryMore 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.
- 1.1 [count noun] Something, typically a process or device, that has been invented: medieval inventions included spectacles for reading and the spinning wheelMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2Creative ability: his powers of invention were rather limitedMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3 [count noun] Something fabricated or made up: you know my story is an inventionMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.4Used as a title for a short piece of music: Bach’s two-part InventionsMore example sentences
- 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).