Invention

Definition of Invention

In`ven´tion
n.1.
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 printing.
As the search of it [truth] is the duty, so the invention will be the happiness of man.
- Tatham.
2.That which is invented; an original contrivance or construction; a device; as, this fable was the invention of Esop; that falsehood was her own invention; she patented five inventions.
We entered by the drawbridge, which has an invention to let one fall if not premonished.
- Evelyn.
3.Thought; idea.
4.A fabrication to deceive; a fiction; a forgery; a falsehood.
Filling their hearers
With strange invention.
- Shak.
5.The faculty of inventing; imaginative faculty; skill or ingenuity in contriving anything new; as, a man of invention.
They lay no less than a want of invention to his charge; a capital crime, . . . for a poet is a maker.
- Dryden.
6.(Fine Arts, Rhet., etc.) The exercise of the imagination in selecting and treating a theme, or more commonly in contriving the arrangement of a piece, or the method of presenting its parts.
Invention of the cross
(Eccl.) a festival celebrated May 3d, in honor of the finding of our Savior's cross by St. Helena.

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