Definition of 'device'

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Example sentences containing 'device'

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She took advice about how to check her flat for bugs or recording devices. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The hope is that a curious or gullible employee will insert the infected device into their computer. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Any of them could be hiding an explosive device. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You can't use any electronic devices to see how fast it is. The Sun (2016)He had twice been riding in an armoured vehicle that struck an improvised explosive device, and was injured once in friendly fire. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It comes across as more of a literary device than a dramatic one. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The victim is often only a plot device. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The trouble is that electronic jamming devices are complex and expensive pieces of kit. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Two recording devices rest on the table. Times, Sunday Times (2013)And they claimed explosive devices which cannot be detected by security scans would be used. The Sun (2010)New media also provides the theme or crucial plot device to a series of productions. Times, Sunday Times (2011)No electronic devices can be taken in. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The images are transmitted to a recording device worn by the patient. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Now he is working on computer devices using ion currents. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The plot device of financial anonymity is as old as comic opera and it is always a winner. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Now we will have to prove that our electronic devices will charge up before we are allowed on flights. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The devices measured hours spent asleep. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Not exactly an original literary device. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It has also been used in Iraq in improvised explosive devices. Times, Sunday Times (2015)As a literary device, this works marvellously. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)He said full body scanners will be installed at all airports as well as advanced X-ray machines and devices to detect explosives. The Sun (2010)In Britain, teams of crooks and engineers design camouflaged electronic devices and fit them to cash machines. Times, Sunday Times (2012)

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Translations for 'device'

British English: device /dɪˈvaɪs/ NOUN
A device is an object that has been made for a particular purpose.
He used an electronic device to measure the rooms.
  • American English: device
  • Arabic: أَدَاة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: dispositivo
  • Chinese: 器件
  • Croatian: naprava
  • Czech: zařízení
  • Danish: anordning
  • Dutch: apparaat
  • European Spanish: dispositivo
  • Finnish: laite
  • French: dispositif
  • German: Gerät
  • Greek: συσκευή
  • Italian: dispositivo
  • Japanese: 装置
  • Korean: 장치
  • Norwegian: innretning
  • Polish: urządzenie
  • European Portuguese: dispositivo
  • Romanian: dispozitiv
  • Russian: устройство
  • Latin American Spanish: dispositivo
  • Swedish: anordning
  • Thai: อุปกรณ์
  • Turkish: araç
  • Ukrainian: пристрій
  • Vietnamese: thiết bị


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