artful contrivance

  • 1 artful contrivance — index artifice, stratagem Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 2 Artful — Art ful, a. [From {Art}.] 1. Performed with, or characterized by, art or skill. [Archaic] Artful strains. Artful terms. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Artificial; imitative. Addison. [1913 Webster] 3. Using or exhibiting much art, skill, or… …

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  • 3 contrivance — Synonyms and related words: Charlie McCarthy, action, ad hoc measure, agent, anagnorisis, ancilla, angle, answer, apparatus, appliance, approach, architectonics, architecture, argument, arrangement, art, artful dodge, artifice, atmosphere, attack …

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  • 4 artifice — ar·ti·fice / är tə fəs/ n: a clever strategy usu. intended to deceive or defraud Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. artifice …

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  • 5 stratagem — I noun ars, artful contrivance, artifice, blind, cheat, chicane, contrivance, crafty device, cunning, deceit, deception, device, dodge, dolus, evasion, excuse, expedient, feint, finesse, gimmick, intrigue, machination, maneuver, manipulation,… …

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  • 6 engineering — /en jeuh near ing/, n. 1. the art or science of making practical application of the knowledge of pure sciences, as physics or chemistry, as in the construction of engines, bridges, buildings, mines, ships, and chemical plants. 2. the action, work …

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  • 7 artifice — n. 1. Contrivance, invention, effort, art. 2. Cunning, deceit, deception, imposture, fraud, trickery, device, duplicity, guile, subtlety, finesse, stratagem, shift, trick, subterfuge, wile, ruse, doubling, Machiavelism, diplomacy, machination,… …

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  • 8 shift — I. v. a. Change, alter, move. II. v. n. 1. Move, change place, change about, remove. 2. Alter, change. 3. Change, vary, veer, chop, alter. 4. Contrive, manage, plan, scheme, shuffle, devise ways and means. III. n …

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  • 9 Civil engineer — Engineer En gi*neer , n. [OE. enginer: cf. OF. engignier, F. ing[ e]nieur. See {Engine}, n.] 1. A person skilled in the principles and practice of any branch of engineering; as, a civil engineer; an electronic engineer; a chemical engineer. See… …

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  • 10 Engineer — En gi*neer , n. [OE. enginer: cf. OF. engignier, F. ing[ e]nieur. See {Engine}, n.] 1. A person skilled in the principles and practice of any branch of engineering; as, a civil engineer; an electronic engineer; a chemical engineer. See under… …

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  • 11 Military engineer — Engineer En gi*neer , n. [OE. enginer: cf. OF. engignier, F. ing[ e]nieur. See {Engine}, n.] 1. A person skilled in the principles and practice of any branch of engineering; as, a civil engineer; an electronic engineer; a chemical engineer. See… …

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  • 12 engineer — I. noun Etymology: Middle English engineour, from Anglo French, from enginer to devise, construct, from engin Date: 14th century 1. a member of a military group devoted to engineering work 2. obsolete a crafty schemer ; plotter 3. a. a designer… …

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  • 13 artifice — /ahr teuh fis/, n. 1. a clever trick or stratagem; a cunning, crafty device or expedient; wile. 2. trickery; guile; craftiness. 3. cunning; ingenuity; inventiveness: a drawing room comedy crafted with artifice and elegance. 4. a skillful or… …

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  • 14 engineer — /en jeuh near /, n. 1. a person trained and skilled in the design, construction, and use of engines or machines, or in any of various branches of engineering: a mechanical engineer; a civil engineer. 2. a person who operates or is in charge of an …

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  • 15 enginery — /en jeuhn ree/, n., pl. engineries. 1. engines collectively; machinery. 2. engines of war collectively. 3. skillful or artful contrivance. [1595 1605; ENGINE + RY] * * * …

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  • 16 stratagem — n. Artifice, device, manaeuvre, intrigue, wile, trick, fetch, dodge, crafty device, machination, plot, plan, scheme, artful contrivance, stroke of policy, finesse, ruse …

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  • 17 artifice — ar•ti•fice [[t]ˈɑr tə fɪs[/t]] n. 1) a clever trick or stratagem 2) trickery; guile; craftiness 3) cleverness; ingenuity 4) a skillful or artful contrivance or expedient • Etymology: 1525–35; < AF < L artificium craftsmanship, art,… …

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  • 18 engineer — en•gi•neer [[t]ˌɛn dʒəˈnɪər[/t]] n. 1) a person trained and skilled in any of various branches of engineering: a civil engineer[/ex] 2) a person trained and skilled in the design, construction, and use of engines or machines 3) a person who… …

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  • 19 engineering — en•gi•neer•ing [[t]ˌɛn dʒəˈnɪər ɪŋ[/t]] n. 1) the practical application of science and mathematics, as in the design and construction of machines, vehicles, structures, roads, and systems 2) the action, work, or profession of an engineer 3)… …

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  • 20 engineer — /ɛndʒəˈnɪə / (say enjuh near) noun 1. a person professionally qualified in the design, construction, and use of engines or machines, or in any of the various branches of engineering: a mechanical engineer; an electrical engineer; a civil engineer …

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