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invention (ɪnˈvɛnʃən



  1. the act or process of inventing
  2. something that is invented
  3. (patent law) the discovery or production of some new or improved process or machine that is both useful and is not obvious to persons skilled in the particular field
  4. creative power or ability; inventive skill
  5. (euphemistic) a fabrication; lie
  6. (in traditional rhetoric) one of the five steps in preparing a speech or discourse: the process of finding suitable topics on which to talk or write
  7. (music) a short piece consisting of two or three parts usually in imitative counterpoint
  8. (sociology) the creation of a new cultural pattern or trait

Derived Forms

inˈventional  adjective
inˈventionless  adjective


View thesaurus entry
= fiction, story, fantasy, lie, yarn, fabrication, concoction, falsehood, fib (informal), untruth, urban myth, prevarication, tall story (informal), urban legend, figment or product of (someone's) imagination
= creativity, vision, imagination, initiative, enterprise, inspiration, genius, brilliance, ingenuity, originality, inventiveness, resourcefulness, creativeness, ingeniousness, imaginativeness

Translations for 'invention'

  • British English: invention An invention is a machine or system that has been invented by someone.Paper was a Chinese invention.ɪnˈvɛnʃən NOUN
  • Arabic: إِخْتِرَاعٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: invenção
  • Chinese: 发明
  • Croatian: izum
  • Czech: vynález
  • Danish: opfindelse
  • Dutch: uitvinding
  • European Spanish: invención
  • Finnish: keksintö
  • French: invention
  • German: Erfindung
  • Greek: εφεύρεση
  • Italian: invenzione
  • Japanese: 発明
  • Korean: 발명
  • Norwegian: oppfinnelse
  • Polish: wynalazek
  • Portuguese: invenção
  • Romanian: invenție invenții
  • Russian: изобретение
  • Spanish: invención
  • Swedish: uppfinning
  • Thai: การประดิษฐ์
  • Turkish: icat
  • Ukrainian: винахід
  • Vietnamese: sự phát minh

Example Sentences Including 'invention'

But the most universal human method of bridging the Void has always been the invention of religion.
Zindell, David The Broken God
Somebody pointed out that, strictly speaking, electricity was a discovery, not an invention.
Tapply, William G A Rodent of Doubt
`I want to invent the present," she said to me, `the past is an outworn invention.
Appiganesi, Lisa Dreams of Innocence


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