invention

a) Something invented.

My new invention will let you alphabetize your matchbook collection in half the usual time.

b) The capacity to invent.

Im afraid there was no burglar. It was all the housekeepers invention.


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  • INVENTION — L’invention est l’acte de produire par ses propres moyens un élément, un objet ou un processus original; plus généralement, de produire ou de créer en utilisant son imagination: inventer une machine, inventer une histoire. Le terme a aussi un… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • invention — Invention. s. f. v. Qualité, faculté, disposition de l esprit à inventer. Ce Poëte n a point d invention. il a l invention belle, heureuse. cet artisan est homme d invention, est plein d invention. Il se prend aussi pour l action d inventer, &… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Invention — In*ven tion, n. [L. inventio: cf. F. invention. See {Invent}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of finding out or inventing; contrivance or construction of that which has not before existed; as, the invention of logarithms; the invention of the art of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • invention — in‧ven‧tion [ɪnˈvenʆn] noun 1. [countable] a new product that was not available before: • Do you realise that the paint roller is a Canadian invention? • There were displays of new inventions in the exhibition halls. 2. [uncountable] when… …   Financial and business terms

  • invention — in·ven·tion n: a device, process, or discovery under U.S. patent law that is new and useful, that reflects extraordinary creative ability or skill, and that makes a distinct and recognized contribution to and advancement of science; also: the act …   Law dictionary

  • invention — Invention, Constitutio, Machinatio, Inuentio, Inuentus, huius inuentus, Excogitatio. Invention ou allegation qu on fait par malice plus que par bonne foy, Calumnia. Inventions et tromperies pour venir à la fin de ses attaintes, Machinae. C est… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • invention — (n.) c.1400, devised method of organization, from O.Fr. invencion (13c.) and directly from L. inventionem (nom. inventio) faculty of invention; a finding, discovery, noun of action from pp. stem of invenire devise, discover, find, from in in, on… …   Etymology dictionary

  • invention — [n1] creation, creativeness apparatus, black box*, brainchild*, coinage, concoction, contraption, contrivance, creativity, design, development, device, discovery, doodad*, gadget, genius, gimmick, gizmo*, imagination, ingenuity, innovation,… …   New thesaurus

  • Invention — (v. lat.), 1) das Finden, Auffinden; so Inventio sanctae crucis, Kreuzerfindung; 2) Erfindung; 3) Kunstgriff. Daher Inventiös, erfinderisch …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Invention — (lat., franz.), Erfindung, Kunstgriff; bei Seb. Bach Bezeichnung für kleine, zwei und dreistimmige Klavierstücke im imitatorischen Stil; inventiös, erfinderisch, sinnreich …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Invention — (lat.), Erfindung; kurze Instrumentalsätze. Inventiös, erfinderisch, erfindungsreich, sinnreich …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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