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



contraption (plural contraptions)

A machine that is complicated and precarious.

(figuratively, derogatory or ironic) Any object.


• (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


Word of the Day

2 April 2023


(noun) a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies; “the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention”

coffee icon

Coffee Trivia

There are more than 50 countries that export coffee. They are near the equator, where the climate is conducive to producing coffee beans.

coffee icon