CONTRAPTION

appliance, contraption, contrivance, convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo, widget

(noun) a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

contraption (plural contraptions)

A machine that is complicated and precarious.

(figuratively, derogatory or ironic) Any object.

Synonyms

• (mechanical device): contrivance, device, fandango, gadget, mechanism, construction

Source: Wiktionary


Con*trap"tion, n.

Definition: A contrivance; a new-fangled device; -- used scornfully. [Colloq. or Dial.] -- Con*trap"tious (#), a.

We all remember some of the extraordinary contraptions which have been thus evolved and put upon the market. F. M. Ware.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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