Design

Definition of Design

De`sign´
v. t.1.To draw preliminary outline or main features of; to sketch for a pattern or model; to delineate; to trace out; to draw.
[imp. & p. p. Designed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Designing.]
2.To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to show; to point out; to appoint.
We shall see
Justice design the victor's chivalry.
- Shak.
Meet me to-morrow where the master
And this fraternity shall design.
- Beau. & Fl.
3.To create or produce, as a work of art; to form a plan or scheme of; to form in idea; to invent; to project; to lay out in the mind; as, a man designs an essay, a poem, a statue, or a cathedral.
4.To intend or purpose; - usually with for before the remote object, but sometimes with to.
Ask of politicians the end for which laws were originally designed.
- Burke.
He was designed to the study of the law.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To form a design or designs; to plan.
Design for
to intend to go to.
- Evelyn.
n.1.A preliminary sketch; an outline or pattern of the main features of something to be executed, as of a picture, a building, or a decoration; a delineation; a plan.
2.A plan or scheme formed in the mind of something to be done; preliminary conception; idea intended to be expressed in a visible form or carried into action; intention; purpose; - often used in a bad sense for evil intention or purpose; scheme; plot.
The vast design and purpos of the King.
- Tennyson.
The leaders of that assembly who withstood the designs of a besotted woman.
- Hallam.
A . . . settled design upon another man's life.
- Locke.
How little he could guess the secret designs of the court!
- Macaulay.
3.Specifically, intention or purpose as revealed or inferred from the adaptation of means to an end; as, the argument from design.
4.The realization of an inventive or decorative plan; esp., a work of decorative art considered as a new creation; conception or plan shown in completed work; as, this carved panel is a fine design, or of a fine design.
5.(Mus.) The invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole.
Arts of design
those into which the designing of artistic forms and figures enters as a principal part, as architecture, painting, engraving, sculpture.
School of design
one in which are taught the invention and delineation of artistic or decorative figures, patterns, and the like.
Is he a prudent man . . . that lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to the remaining part of his life?
- Tillotson.
I wish others the same intention, and greater successes.
- Sir W. Temple.
It is the purpose that makes strong the vow.
- Shak.

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