device vs devise : Common Errors in English

About device vs devise

“Device” is a noun. A can-opener is a device. “Devise” is a verb. Youcan devise a plan for opening a can with a sharp rock instead. Only inlaw is “devise” properly used as a noun, meaning something deeded in awill.

device Meaning(s)

  • (n) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  • (n) something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
  • (n) any clever maneuver
  • (n) any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
  • (n) an emblematic design (especially in heraldry)

devise Meaning(s)

  • (n) a will disposing of real property
  • (n) (law) a gift of real property by will
  • (v) come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
  • (v) arrange by systematic planning and united effort
  • (v) give by will, especially real property

device in News

  1. Medical device startup raises $13.1 million

    Medical device startup NeuroTronik, which was spun out of a Chapel Hill business accelerator just 11 months ago, has raised its first round of outside funding: $13.1 million that is earmarked for continued development of a system to treat heart failure.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The News & Observer

  2. Medical-Device Makers Urged by FDA to Boost Cybersecurity

    Hospitals and medical-device makers are being urged by the U.S. government to boost safeguards against computer hackers and malware that can disrupt the use of life-saving technology.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  3. Music device doesn't drop diabetics' blood pressure

    By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A device that plays a melody in an attempt to slow people's breathing didn't lower the blood pressure of people with diabetes, according to a new study. "Given the results and the studies available, you can conclude that there is not enough evidence to use this device," said Dr. Gijs Landman, the study's lead author from the Isala Clinics in The ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

devise in News

  1. Stop the Violence Against the Unborn

    If we are to protect the lives of the innocent from those who devise evil, we must shift the focus from a manufactured right of women to "control their own bodies" to the very real Constitutional right to life of the unborn.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Christian Post

  2. Brent Batten: Airport director sounds early warning

    "I don't think you could devise a better recipe to kill an airport."
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Naples Daily News

  3. Draghi Fails To Feed The EURO Bear

    In months gone by there would be a respite after the release of the U.S. nonfarm payrolls (NFP) report. That is to say, the market gave investors time to lick their wounds and devise a trading strategy during the first session following the employment headline release. Historically, the Monday after NFP used to be the "least" volatile trading day of the month. Kiss those days goodbye; Asia is ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Forbes

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