device

[[t]dɪva͟ɪs[/t]]
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devices
1) N-COUNT: usu with supp A device is an object that has been invented for a particular purpose, for example for recording or measuring something.

...the electronic device that tells the starter when an athlete has moved from his blocks prematurely.

...a device that could measure minute quantities of matter...

We believe that an explosive device had been left inside a container.

2) N-COUNT A device is a method of achieving something.

They claim that military spending is used as a device for managing the economy.

...the literary device of the metaphor.

3) PHRASE: V inflects If you leave someone to their own devices, you leave them alone to do as they wish.

Left to his own devices, Osborn is a fluent - and often original - guitarist.


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