DEVICE , a
See also:scheme, plan,
See also:mechanical contrivance; also a
See also:pattern or design, particularly an heraldic design or emblem, often combined with a
See also:motto or
See also:legend . " Device " and its doublet " devise " come from the two Old French forms devis and devise of the Latin divisa, things divided, from dividere, to
See also:separate, used in the sense of to arrange, set out, apportion . Devise," as a substantive, is now only used as a legal
See also:term for a disposition. of
See also:property by will, by a
See also:convention restricted to a disposition of real property, the term " bequest " being used of personalty (see WILL) . This use is directly due to the
See also:Medieval Latin meaning of dividere = testamento disponere . In its verbal
See also:form, " devise " is used not only in the legal sense, but also in the sense of to plan, arrange, scheme .
DEVIL (Gr. &a,3oXos, " slanderer," from &ctflisXX s...
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