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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun device:


The word device and its family (devices) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun device

What does device mean as a name of something?

Device is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: devices

  1. an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
    • examples: the device is small enough to wear on your wrist | a device intended to conserve water
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: instrumentality / instrumentation = an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
    • more specific terms:
      • acoustic device = a device for amplifying or transmitting sound
      • adapter / adaptor = device that enables something to be used in a way different from that for which it was intended or makes different pieces of apparatus compatible
      • afterburner = a device that injects fuel into a hot exhaust for extra thrust
      • agglomerator = a device that causes material to gather into rounded balls
      • control surface / aerofoil / airfoil / surface = a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air
      • warning device / alarm system / alarm = a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event
      • contraption / contrivance / convenience / appliance / gadget / widget / gismo / gizmo = a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
      • applicator / applier = a device for applying a substance
      • aspersorium / aspergill = a short-handled device with a globe containing a sponge
      • automatic pilot / robot pilot / autopilot = a navigational device that automatically keeps ships or planes or spacecraft on a steady course
      • decoy / bait / lure = something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
      • billiard marker = a device for keeping the score in a game of billiards
      • bird feeder / birdfeeder / feeder = an outdoor device that supplies food for wild birds
      • blower = a device that produces a current of air
      • bootjack = has V-shaped notch for pulling off boots
      • breathalyser / breathalyzer = a device that measures chemicals (especially the alcohol content) in a person's expired breath
      • breathing apparatus / breathing machine / breathing device / ventilator = a device that facilitates breathing in cases of respiratory failure
      • bubbler = any of various devices in which air or some other gas is bubbled through a liquid
      • buffer / fender = a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact
      • catapult / launcher = a device that launches aircraft from a warship
      • battery charger / charger = a device that can hold a rechargeable battery by means of an electrical cable
      • clip-on = a device (as an earring, sunglasses, microphone etc.) that is attached by clips
      • comb = a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge
      • teething ring / baby's dummy / comforter / pacifier = device used for an infant to suck or bite on
      • conductor = a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
      • birth control device / contraceptive device / prophylactic device / contraceptive / preventative / preventive = an agent or device intended to prevent conception
      • converter / convertor = a device for changing one substance or form or state into another
      • corer = a device for removing the core from apples
      • restorative / corrective = a device for treating injury or disease
      • crusher = a device that crushes something
      • cryptograph = a device for deciphering codes and ciphers
      • cutoff = a device that terminates the flow in a pipe
      • moistener / dampener = a device that dampens or moistens something
      • muffler / damper = a device that decreases the amplitude of electronic, mechanical, acoustical, or aerodynamic oscillations
      • deflector = a device intended to turn aside the flow of something
      • dental appliance = a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth
      • depressor = a device used by physician to press a part down or aside
      • sensing element / detector / sensor = any device that receives a signal or stimulus (as heat or pressure or light or motion etc.) and responds to it in a distinctive manner
      • diestock = a device that holds the dies that cut external threads on metal cylinders
      • drive = a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
      • drop hammer / drop forge / drop press = device for making large forgings
      • elastic device = any flexible device that will return to its original shape when stretched
      • electrical device = a device that produces or is powered by electricity
      • electronic device = a device that accomplishes its purpose electronically
      • energiser / energizer = a device that supplies electrical energy
      • exercise device = a device designed to provide exercise for the user
      • explosive device = device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
      • fan = a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces
      • filter = device that removes something from whatever passes through it
      • fire extinguisher / extinguisher / asphyxiator = a manually operated device for extinguishing small fires
      • flare = a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification
      • fumigator = a device that generates a gas for the purpose of disinfecting or eradicating pests
      • gas fixture = a device to convey illuminating gas from the pipe to the gas burner
      • groover = a device that makes grooves by cutting or punching
      • safety device / safety / guard = a device designed to prevent injury or accidents
      • heater / warmer = device that heats water or supplies warmth to a room
      • heat exchanger = device that transfers heat from one liquid to another without allowing them to mix
      • holding device = a device for holding something
      • horn = a device having the shape of a horn
      • hydrofoil / foil = a device consisting of a flat or curved piece (as a metal plate) so that its surface reacts to the water it is passing through
      • imprint = a device produced by pressure on a surface
      • indicator = a device for showing the operating condition of some system
      • instrument = a device that requires skill for proper use
      • ignition interlock / interlock = a device that prevents an automotive engine from starting
      • interrupter = a device for automatically interrupting an electric current
      • jig = a device that holds a piece of machine work and guides the tools operating on it
      • key = metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
      • keyboard = device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like
      • doorknocker / knocker / rapper = a device (usually metal and ornamental) attached by a hinge to a door
      • lift = a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg
      • lifting device = a device for lifting heavy loads
      • igniter / ignitor / lighter / light = a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
      • machine = any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
      • magnet = a device that attracts iron and produces a magnetic field
      • mechanism = device consisting of a piece of machinery
      • storage device / memory device = a device that preserves information for retrieval
      • musical instrument / instrument = any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
      • nest egg = device consisting of an artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay their eggs in it
      • noisemaker = a device (such as a clapper or bell or horn) used to make a loud noise at a celebration
      • optical device = a device for producing or controlling light
      • override = a manually operated device to correct the operation of an automatic device
      • paper feed = a device for inserting sheets of paper into a printer or typewriter
      • peeler = a device for peeling vegetables or fruits
      • plectron / plectrum / pick = a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
      • power takeoff / PTO = a device that transfers power from an engine (as in a tractor or other motor vehicle) to another piece of equipment
      • goad / prod = a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion
      • prompter / autocue = a device that displays words for people to read
      • pull = a device used for pulling something
      • reflector = device that reflects radiation
      • release / button = a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism
      • remote control / remote = a device that can be used to control a machine or apparatus from a distance
      • reset = device for resetting instruments or controls
      • constraint / restraint = a device that retards something's motion
      • router = a device that forwards data packets between computer networks
      • runner = device consisting of the parts on which something can slide along
      • scratcher = a device used for scratching
      • shoehorn = a device used for easing the foot into a shoe
      • shoetree = a wooden or metal device that is inserted into a shoe to preserve its shape when it is not being worn
      • shooting stick = device that resembles a spiked walking stick but the top opens into a seat
      • shredder = a device that shreds documents
      • signaling device = a device used to send signals
      • snowshoe = a device to help you walk on deep snow; a lightweight frame shaped like a racquet is strengthened with cross pieces and contains a network of thongs
      • sounder = a device for making soundings
      • source of illumination = any device serving as a source of visible electromagnetic radiation
      • stabiliser / stabilizer = a device for making something stable
      • stemmer = a device for removing stems from fruit
      • straightener = a device for straightening
      • reinforcement / strengthener = a device designed to provide additional strength
      • stylus = a sharp pointed device attached to the cartridge of a record player
      • suction cup = a cup-shaped device (made of rubber, glass, or plastic) that produces a partial vacuum
      • support = any device that bears the weight of another thing
      • sweatbox = a device that causes tobacco leaves or fruit or hides to sweat
      • synchroflash = a device used in photography to synchronize the peak of a flash with the opening of the camera shutter
      • take-up = any of various devices for reducing slack (as in a sewing machine) or taking up motion
      • teaser = a device for teasing wool
      • throwing board / throwing stick / spear thrower / dart thrower = a device resembling a sling that is used in various primitive societies to propel a dart or spear
      • tilter = a device for emptying a cask by tilting it without disturbing the dregs
      • pair of tongs / tongs = any of various devices for taking hold of objects
      • toy = a device regarded as providing amusement
      • trap = a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
      • trigger = a device that activates or releases or causes something to happen
      • valve = device in a brass wind instrument for varying the length of the air column to alter the pitch of a tone
      • vaporiser / vaporizer = a device that puts out a substance in the form of a vapor
      • ventilator = a device (such as a fan) that introduces fresh air or expels foul air
      • washboard = device consisting of a corrugated surface to scrub clothes on
      • water cooler = a device for cooling and dispensing drinking water
      • slide chart = a hand-held device, usually of paper, cardboard, or plastic, for conducting simple calculations or looking up information
  2. something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: expressive style / style = a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period
    • more specific terms:
  3. any clever maneuver
  4. any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: design / figure / pattern = a decorative or artistic work
    • more specific words: stamp / seal = a device incised to make an impression
  5. an emblematic design (especially in heraldry)
    • example: he was recognized by the device on his shield
    • domain: heraldry
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: emblem = special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
    • more specific word: union = a device on a national flag emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties


  1. Device is an industrial metal band started by David Draiman, frontman of the heavy metal group Disturbed. Draiman was approached by Geno Lenardo, former guitarist of Filter, and together they started to work on new material. The two started work on a debut album in June 2012. The result of those sessions, Device, was released on April 9, 2013. The first single and third track, "Vilify" was released to radio ahead of the album on February 19, 2013, alongside its first music video, directed by P. R. Brown. The second single and the introductory track, "You Think You Know", was released on June 11, 2013, alongside its music video, directed once again by Brown.
  2. Device was a short-lived American pop-rock trio, formed by keyboardist, bassist and vocalist Holly Knight, vocalist Paul Engemann and guitarist Gene Black.
  3. Device is a musical group, record producer.
  4. Device is a 90's no-wave/noise Group.
    • album: "Deus Ex Carnivore"

There are other groups with in their name, like V-Device, Dr Device, My Device, Dr. Device, Vee Device, Nice Device, Null device, Plus Device, Human Device, Pascal Device, Rhythm Device, Nuclear Device, Suspect Device, The Nice Device and Blueprint for a Torture Device.


  1. "Device": Device is the eponymous debut album from American industrial metal band Device, featuring David Draiman of Disturbed and former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo. It was released on April 9, 2013, with their first single, "Vilify", out on digital download in February 19, 2013. Their second single, "You Think You Know", was released in June 11, 2013.
  2. "Device" is a musical single of Diorama.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  3. "Device" is the fourth and last studio album released by Eon on August 1, 2006 through
  4. "Device" is a musical album of Unit 7 Drain.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  5. "Device" is a musical album of Dent.
  6. "Device" is a composition.
  7. "Device" is a composition.


Device is a record label.

Phrases with Device

  1. device driver
  2. Plot device
  3. input device
  4. Duff's Device
  5. homing device
  6. memory device
  7. output device
  8. safety device
  9. Ambient device
  10. elastic device
  11. holding device
  12. lifting device
  13. optical device
  14. storage device
  15. warning device
  16. acoustic device
  17. Brannock Device
  18. cleaning device
  19. Cloaking device
  20. Doomsday device

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Device

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Google previewMore iPhone Cool Projects (2010)

Cool Developers Reveal the Details of their Cooler Apps by Ben Smith, Danton Chin, Leon Palm, Dave Smith, Charles Smith, Claus Hoefele, Saul Mora, Arne de Vries, Joost van de Wijgerd, Scott Penberthy, Ben Kazez, Roderick Smith, Stephen Chin

{ // The device is an iPad running ...

Google previewSafety and Security Engineering IV (2011)

by Massimo Guarascio

A device is any DE system that is not a weapon; to clarify, a weapon can be lethal or non-lethal. The distinct difference depends on the intended use of the system. The Air Force has implemented safety approval processes by viewing the DE ...

Google previewIntroduction to Computers (2010)

by Gary Shelly, Steven Freund, Misty Vermaat

Display Devices A display device is an output device that visually conveys text, graphics, and video information.

Google previewGohar ABC of Computers 5

An output device is any computer component capable of conveying information to a user. Commonly used output devices...

Monitor Printer Speaker Headset Display devices A display device is an output device that. 43 CHAPTER - 3 OUTPUT ...

Google previewBeginning Smartphone Web Development (2010)

Building JavaScript, CSS, HTML and Ajax-based Applications for iPhone, Android, Palm Pre, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 by Gail Frederick, Rajesh Lal

Characteristic Name Type Description isBrowser boolean Indicates whether the device is a desktop browser. vendor string Indicates the brand name of the mobile device (such as LG, Apple, and Nokia). model string Indicates the model name ...

Google previewDictionary of Weighing Terms (2009)

A Guide to the Terminology of Weighing by Roland Nater, Arthur Reichmuth, Roman Schwartz, Michael Borys, Panagiotis Zervos

auxiliary device A device that is connected to, ...

Google previewDictionary Of Computer & Information Technlgy

by Mrinal Talukdar

A desktop NAS device is able to store and serve active, archived or backup file data. Desktop search Desktop search (sometimes called integrated search) is the ability to simultaneously search hard drives and removable storage on the user's ...

Google previewThe Adobe Photoshop CS4 Dictionary (2009)

The A to Z Desktop Reference of Photoshop by Philip Andrews

Menu: File > Device Central Shortcut: – Devices Version: CS3,CS4 See also: Save forWeb & Device Central was included for the first time in Photoshop CS3 and the Adobe Suites. The utility is designed to provide an easy way for developers ...

Google previewa dictionary of automobile terms (1913)

by albert l. clough

Steering Device, Differential Screw and Nut — A form of steering device in which the steering shaft carries a left-handed and a right-handed screw, each of which is in mesh with a separate nut, which can slide along the column, ...

Google previewThe New Werner Twentieth Century Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1906)

A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature, Science, History, Geography, Commerce, Biography, Discovery and Invention... with New American Supplement, Complete in Thirty Volumes

mme 0mit~ ting device. . Bolivia: Merchant Flag. . Brazil: Ensign Chile: National Standard. Merchant F lag lacks device.

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety (1998)

by Jeanne Mager Stellman

• Photoelectric presence-sensing device on press brake. Figure 58. 31 • Electromechanical sensing device on eye- letter machine. Probe in contact with fingers, machine will not cycle After the stock is removed, the guard returns ...

Google previewSzycher's Dictionary of Biomaterials and Medical Devices (1992)

by Michael Szycher

The primary basis on which the FDA evaluates a manufacturer's ability to produce a safe and effective device consistently. The Medical Device Amendments of 1976 expressly incorporated into the FDA Act language authorizing the FDA to ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

mouse A moveable desktop device with a ball underneath which relays speed and direction, guiding a cursor across a screen. network A system of ...

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Art & Architecture - Art & Architecture (2009)

bass pickup Device that converts low-frequency string vibrations into electric signals. midrange pickup ...

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The most efficient labor-saving device is still money. (Franklin P. Jones)
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Scrabble value of D2E1V4I1C3E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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