An example of a device is a telephone for the hearing impaired.
An example of device is a literary tool like personification.
There are a number of household devices in a kitchen such as a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, or an electric can opener.
- To allow (someone) to do as he or she pleases:.Left the child to her own devices for an hour.
- To force (someone) to cope or manage without assistance:.Most people would die in the desert if left to their own devices.
- To allow someone to act independently or as he (or she) wishes.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of device
- Middle English from Old French devis division, wish and Old French devise design both from Latin dīvīsus, dīvīsa past participle of dīvidere to divide, separate divide
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old French devis, from Latin divisus, past participle of dividere (“to divide”), thus originally, when goods were being divided among people, a mark put on each item to say who was getting what.