In*ven"tion(?), n. [L. inventio: cf. F. invention. See Invent.]
1. The act of finding out or inventing; contrivance or construction of that which has not before existed; as, the
invention of logarithms; the
invention of the art of printing.
As the search of it [truth] is the duty, so the invention will be the happiness of man.Tatham.
2. That which is invented; an original contrivance or construction; a device; as, this fable was the
invention of Esop; that falsehood was her own
invention; she patented five
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We entered by the drawbridge, which has an invention to let one fall if not premonished.Evelyn.
3. Thought; idea.
4. A fabrication to deceive; a fiction; a forgery; a falsehood.
Filling their hearersShak.
With strange invention.
5. The faculty of inventing; imaginative faculty; skill or ingenuity in contriving anything new; as, a man of
They lay no less than a want of invention to his charge; a capital crime, . . . for a poet is a maker.Dryden.
(Fine Arts, Rhet., etc.) The exercise of the imagination in selecting and treating a theme, or more commonly in contriving the arrangement of a piece, or the method of presenting its parts.
Invention of the cross
(Eccl.), a festival celebrated May 3d, in honor of the finding of our Savior's cross by St. Helena.
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