• WordNet 3.6
    • n contraption a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Coffee as a medicine reached its highest and lowest point in the 1600's in England. Wild medical contraptions to administer a mixture of coffee and an assortment of heated butter, honey, and oil, became treatments for the sick. Soon tea replaced coffee as the national beverage.
    • n contraption A device; a contrivance: used slightingly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Contraption kon-trap′shun (U.S.) a contrivance.
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In literature:

Instinctively he obeyed the impulse to shove the contraption of metal from him with his hands.
"The Jameson Satellite" by Neil Ronald Jones
It was the sound of a step on the gravel path, a step stealthy and light, a real sound and no contraption of the imagination.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
I can see it from the tent where you got this talkin' contraption strung.
"The Boy Ranchers in Camp" by Willard F. Baker
The user of one of these contraptions is never proud of it, needless to say.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
With that contraption yuh've got there?
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
In another corner stood a singular looking contraption, not unlike a dynamo.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
Go upstairs again, Amy, and haul up this end of the contraption.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
Neither bullets nor guns, just this big glass contraption and speed.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Below the contraption was a huge basket.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
One of them is in that 'wheeled contraption'.
"Anything You Can Do" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Consequently they had bought liberally of all sorts of idiotic patent contraptions.
"Gold" by Stewart White
But you see huccum I jes' didn't hab de proper contraptions unpacked for 'em to-night.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
When the contraption was in full operation, he simply sat on his heels and watched, studying out in his mind the circuits and their effects.
"Where I Wasn't Going" by Walt Richmond
What did they mean by endangering the lives of everyone, with their damned contraption?
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
There was this contraption on his head.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
Now, what's your next contraption?
"Devil Stories" by Various
I had fixed up a contraption by which I could pump sea water through a home-made shower.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
He got finally into a strange, shuttle-like contraption with twin gasolene-engines, a pop-gun, and a crew of six.
"Command" by William McFee
Now, do be careful of that contraption.
"Dick Hamilton's Fortune" by Howard R. Garis
We can move this contraption that your father built, back for a hen house, or a pig-pen; just as she says.
"Two Wyoming Girls and Their Homestead Claim" by Carrie L. Marshall

In poetry:

And so your soul, my lady—
(Mere sunshine, nothing more)—
Prepares me the contraptions
I work with or adore.
"Sunshine" by Vachel Lindsay
"It's a sort of a contraption which will work itself," he said,
"And, without studying, will put my lessons in my head."
He thought and puzzled o'er his plan, he worked with might and main
To utilize the wondrous schemes within his fertile brain:
"The Instructiphone" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

Unfortunately, Long's horse-owning neighbors didn't appreciate his meanderings in the strange contraption, and Long dismantled it.
Sadly, the exhibition is not full of these kinds of crazy gadgets, although there is a kick ass scale model of Beijing, but this amazing contraption is enough on its own.
Otherwise it starts to look like a contraption, and its effectiveness is highly suspect.
Verdant Art-Tech Contraption Descends Upon France.
Softball-sized rubber balls run through a long, Rube Goldberg-like contraption, showing aspects of movement and time.
This month, you don't need a pilot's license to fly over the Willamette—just a costume, a contraption, and some courage.
LONDON — One of the most sought-after objects in Ancient Roman homes was an elaborate cooking contraption known as an authepsa.
James Dyson leaps out of his chair like a restless child and picks up a big yellow-and-gray vacuum—one of several Dyson contraptions congregated around the podium at the Wired Business Conference last May The audience laughs uneasily.
(AP) Seven contraptions known as the Galloping Geese may be the most motley-looking machines -- and the most endearing -- ever to rattle down American railroad tracks.
"The Millennium Falcon Golfcart is more ambitious than anything we have built before, and we've built some crazy contraptions," Ballard said of the project, which will require a bigger budget than previous endeavors.
A seemingly real pack of gum was actually an empty box, concealing a "stick of gum " (a thin piece of cardboard with a spring-loaded snapping contraption).
Ben Cohen's Crazy Money- Marking Contraption.
Like every escapist contraption to which Michael Bay has hammered his name, this threequel is armored with so many layers of irony that any criticism bounces back at the fool who flung it.
A guy named Karl Benz recently filed a patent for this here contraption, something he's calling a "Motorwagen".
There are plenty of modern contraptions on the ranch that make our work easier and, mostly, I'm glad to have them.

In science:

For some maps which are inherently periodic, this contraption becomes a natural choice to investigate their behaviour.
A Pseudo Random Number Generator from Chaos