1. a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

Similar word(s): appliance, contraption, convenience, gadget, gismo, gizmo, widget

Definition categories: man–made, device

2. the faculty of contriving; inventive skill

- his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem

Definition categories: thought, conception, design, excogitation, innovation, invention

3. an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

- his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track

Similar word(s): dodge, stratagem

Definition categories: thought, scheme, strategy

4. an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.

- the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable

Definition categories: thought, arrangement, organisation, organization, system

5. any improvised arrangement for temporary use

Definition categories: man–made, arrangement

6. the act of devising something

Similar word(s): devisal

Definition categories: act, invention