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device (‘contrivance, plan’ is the usual sense)
1. ‘manner of thinking, cast of mind’ (Schmidt) AYL. I. i. 176* “full of noble ,” Ven. 789* “your in love.”
2. design (of an object), shape, cut John I. i. 210 “in habit and ,” Cym. I. vi. 189 “plate of rare device.”
3. emblematical figure borne as a heraldic charge or cognizance Per. II. ii. 15, &c.
4. something devised for dramatic representation LLL. V. ii. 666, MND. V. i. 50, Tim. I. ii. 157.
5. ‘cunning’ piece of work Compl. 232 “this was sent me from a nun.”
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