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Expect energy, invention and wit. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He said:'Knowing the team here are using the most recent inventions to remove my tumour makes me feel good. The Sun (2017)IT'S not quite up there with the invention of the wheel. The Sun (2012)To my surprise most of my audience regarded the improved story as an invention and a lie. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Though not quite enough to make one regret the invention of boiling. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Diet books have a history that goes back to the invention of printing. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The game is full of wit and invention. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Can you spot which calendar is pure invention? Times, Sunday Times (2012)Why is the beauty myth a "fairly recent invention"? Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric and Handbook (1995)Think lilac hair is a modern invention? Times, Sunday Times (2013)The story of discovery and invention ought to leave us with different feelings from fiction. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But the invention of the printing press changed all that. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Cities and city life are recent inventions. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The one invention that did work was a liquid that when poured on books brought their contents to life. Times, Sunday Times (2014)In another interview he said that it was the most important invention since the wheel and a major contribution to humanity. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The wit and invention is breathtaking. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Its statistics were almost pure invention. The British way in Warfare - 1688-2000 (1990)Innovation is not invention or discovery. MANAGING FOR RESULTS (1986)It seems a great invention, but first it must be approved by our board members. Times, Sunday Times (2007)For it is a fairly sound invention, the original key. Times, Sunday Times (2014)And its sheer skill and invention are simply awe-inspiring. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But this doesn't take into consideration the invention of the wheel. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Swedish invention and domestic kitchens. Times, Sunday Times (2012)THERE have been many great inventions over the years. The Sun (2008)I understand in a disengaged way that the continuing drama is one of the great inventions of broadcasting. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Both sides had played glorious cricket to get to the final and had entertained and enriched us all with high cricketing skills and maverick invention. Times, Sunday Times (2009)If the press jumped the gun on powered flight by six decades, they made up for it by almost missing the invention of the telephone. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
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Translations for 'invention'
British English: invention /ɪnˈvɛnʃən/ NOUN
An invention is a machine or system that has been invented by someone.
Paper was a Chinese invention.
- American English: invention
- 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
- European Portuguese: invenção
- Romanian: invenție
- Russian: изобретение
- Spanish: invención
- Swedish: uppfinning
- Thai: การประดิษฐ์
- Turkish: icat
- Ukrainian: винахід
- Vietnamese: sự phát minh
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