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     n 1: a device that is very useful for a particular job [syn: {appliance},
           {contraption}, {convenience}, {gadget}, {gizmo}, {gismo},
     2: the faculty of contriving; inventive skill; "his skillful
        contrivance of answers to every problem"
     3: an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or
        evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us
        off the track" [syn: {stratagem}, {dodge}]
     4: an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived
        arrangement of details or parts etc.; "the plot contained
        too many improbable contrivances to be believable"
     5: any improvised arrangement for temporary use [syn: {lash-up}]
     6: the act of devising something [syn: {devisal}]
Source: WordNet® 2.0

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