device

device
de|vice [ dı`vaıs ] noun count ***
1. ) a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular thing:
Secure your bike with this simple locking device.
device for: a device for measuring humidity in the air
labor-saving device (=a machine that reduces the work you have to do): labor-saving devices like the dishwasher and the microwave
2. ) FORMAL a way of making something happen or making someone do something:
We needed a device to get him out of the house.
a ) a way that a writer, artist, etc. creates a particular effect or makes people have a particular reaction:
Hitchcock employs various devices to build up suspense.
3. ) a bomb:
The device exploded only a short distance away from her.
a nuclear device
leave someone to their own devices
to leave someone alone to do whatever they want:
Left to my own devices (=if no one stopped me), I'd probably watch TV every night.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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