• WordNet 3.6
    • n contrivance the act of devising something
    • n contrivance a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
    • n contrivance any improvised arrangement for temporary use
    • n contrivance the faculty of contriving; inventive skill "his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"
    • n contrivance an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc. "the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable"
    • n contrivance an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contrivance The act or faculty of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning. "The machine which we are inspecting demonstrates, by its construction, contrivance and design. Contrivance must have had a contriver."
    • Contrivance The thing contrived, invented, or planned; disposition of parts or causes by design; a scheme; plan; artifice; arrangement. "Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contrivance The act of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning the disposition or combination of things or acts, for a particular purpose.
    • n contrivance The thing contrived, planned, or invented; a device, especially a mechanical one; an artifice; a scheme; a stratagem.
    • n contrivance Synonyms 2. Plan, invention, design; machination, stratagem; Device, Shift, etc. See expedient, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Contrivance act of contriving: the thing contrived: invention: design: artifice
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  • Edward Gibbon
    “A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy!”
  • Pierre Charron
    Pierre Charron
    “Pleasure and pain, though directly opposite are contrived to be constant companions.”
  • G. O. Ashley
    G. O. Ashley
    “Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. controvercon-, trover, to find—L. turbāre, to disturb.


In literature:

This was understood to be contrived in a view of obviating all doubts with regard to the validity of her marriage.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I." by David Hume
Instead of contriving plans for retrieving his crown, he held conferences with the Jesuits on topics of religion.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Therefore, the murderer contrived to make his escape when the express was traveling at sixty miles per hour.
"Golden Stories" by Various
The contrivance of the law of development proclaims a Contriver.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
It invariably contrives to let down some string while winding up another.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
But tell me, beauty, tell me how you contrived to appear and vanish without witnesses?
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
The three contrived to cross the frontier.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The project being defeated, it was revived year after year, but the country people always contrived to defeat it.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
None of them used such creamily smooth and thick note-paper, or exhibited such a cunningly contrived, elegantly designed monogram.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Sarah Tytler
The Irish Turk contrived, after some talk, that our friends should procure an entry into the palace of the pasha.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
Can't you contrive to interrupt him?
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
By twenty minutes to nine, Grace had contrived to bustle on her things, give the rest the slip, and be tripping to the Hall.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
We contrived a raft made from the box of the wagon, but we could not accomplish the passage in it.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
When the liner nudged alongside it, Hoddan's last contrivance operated and the yacht clung fast to the larger ship's hull.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Contrive a kind letter as from her, 'twould disgust his nicety, and take away his stomach.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
What tremendous loads they contrive to carry in this way!
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
I contrived to keep a little memorandum book.
"Lights and Shadows in Confederate Prisons" by Homer B. Sprague
Many ingenious contrivances help to lessen the inconvenience incident to the use of an instrument possessing such vast proportions.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
She, however, contrived to give Hawtrey his supper by and bye, and soon afterwards drove away.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
But nothing came of the contrivance, and it was eventually thrown aside as useless.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles

In poetry:

My youth in vanity and pride,
And in a thousand sins beside,
I totally contriv'd to spend,
Regardless of my latter end —
"Lamentation Of A Sinner" by Rees Prichard
And every spark of love reviv'd
That had perplex'd him long ago,
When busy folks and fools contriv'd
To make his Mary answer—no.
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield
The scriptures tell us, that the fiend
Does, day and night, our steps attend,
Like a fierce lion, ev'ry hour
Contriving whom he may devour.
"Things, To Be Consider'd, And Made Use Of, When Night Comes" by Rees Prichard
Years grow and gather—each a gem
Lustrous with laughter and with tears,
And cunning Time a crown of years
Contrives for her who weareth them.
"The Crown of Years" by Robert Fuller Murray
It fell, and owned the pow'r divine,
(Grace can with ease the vict'ry gain)
But soon this wretched heart of mine,
Contrived to set it up again.
"Dagon Before The Ark" by John Newton
Then the Butcher contrived an ingenious plan
For making a separate sally;
And fixed on a spot unfrequented by man,
A dismal and desolate valley.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll

In news:

There may be a lesson plan for grown-ups in the contrived controversy about Barack Obama's back-to-school pep talk to students.
Chrome Pony's ringleader needs something totally contrived to be genuine.
Riddled with contrivances but suspenseful nonetheless.
Skype meetings used to be a weekly ritual for InQuicker, a health-care IT company with offices in Nashville, Tenn. "It had always felt a bit contrived to meet weekly," says company co-founder and CEO, Michael Brody-Waite.
The efforts can easily feel contrived, and they wind up disappointing both jazz fans and hip-hop fans.
Called climate change a "contrived phony mess" that was cooked up by scientists who have "manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling in to their projects.
Ham-fisted dialogue and clichéd characterizations trump genuine chemistry in The Other Son, a contrived Franco-Israeli drama about two 18-year-olds, an Israeli and a Palestinian, accidentally switched at birth.
Actually, there isn't so much a story as a pileup of contrived lies, mistaken.
Okay, it is perhaps a bit contrived.
He might have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, but his female characters are flat, contrived, and maybe even insulting.
This video from a Brazilian TV show might just be the creepiest thing every contrived for TV.
Not that many don't contrive to avoid these experiences: In his chapter on Down syndrome , Solomon reminds us that at least 70 percent of Americans with prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome opt for abortion.
'360': Globe-hopping script just too contrived to fly ?
That a new feel-good sports movie called Radio contrives to move us is just fine -- that's what feel-good sports movies are supposed to do.
To a hard-core fan, none of it feels weird or contrived.

In science:

Nelson and Barr have proposed a contrived mechanism to guarantee θQF D = 0.
Quaternionic Mass Matrices and CP Symmetry
The unfortunate situation then, is that the models require a continuous renormalisation to match the observations and such a solution often results in contrived and implausible physical implications.
Hubble Deep Fever: A faint galaxy diagnosis
Although the energetics may be adequate, the implied assumption that the bursts have a comoving density which is independent of redshift is somewhat contrived .
Summary: ZeV Air Showers. Where do we Stand?
However, the model is contrived, requiring similar fluxes from the two components in the Chandra band. (iv) Synchrotron radiation is possible, but the electron population must be distinct from that which produces the radio and optical emission.
Chandra X-ray Observations of Cygnus A and Pictor A
The choice of the scale µ = m in Ref. , although possible, is contrived: this scale can be determined self-consistently only after solving the gap equation, and therefore it is not a free parameter.
Comment on ``Electron Mass Operator in a Strong Magnetic Field and Dynamical Chiral Symmetry Breaking"
Nonetheless, the reality of the signal is still contrived, and it may have surfaced as it occurs on the fringe of what is technically feasible.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
Finally, we may consider a contrived but pedagogically useful situation where the pressure driving function is approximately a square wave.
Evidence and Implications of Pressure Fluctuations in the ISM
There must be a fine-tuned and apparently highly contrived cancellation between the bare value and the correction, to more than 30 decimal places in the case of gravity.
Structure of the Standard Model
Therefore, an apparently contrived fine-tuning is needed to cancel this correction against the bare value.
Structure of the Standard Model
Strictly speaking, they can vary for more contrived ans¨atze.
On Extracting Heavy Quark Parameters from Moments with Cuts
In this case interpretation would work not only for sentences but for all socially contrived structures: in particular memes and conventions, defined in the next paragraph, would be sub ject to interpretation.
Does Meaning Evolve?
While in the context of the Fock spaces of light modes the states |ω+ ia and |ω− ib look somewhat contrived, in the context of two-level atoms they are easily recognized as the atomic coherent states |ni1 and |n′ i2 with θ = θ ′ = π/3 and φ − φ′ = π .
Testing Bell's inequality with two-level atoms via population spectroscopy
The reason of showing this figure is not only to recall the first such explicit computation, but to emphasize how contrived and difficult such a mechanism can be: it can only work for very special parameters and should be in general associated to a reduction of the rest mass of the particle involved in the process.
The Dyadosphere of Black Holes and Gamma-Ray Bursts
The reason of showing this figure is not only to recall the first such explicit computation, but to emphasize how contrived and difficult such a mechanism can be:it can only work for very special parameters and should be in general associated to a reduction of the rest mass of the particle involved in the process.
The Dyadosphere of Black Holes and Gamma-Ray Bursts
Notice that in this case, the contrived example from above does not work anymore, since the success event must be independent of the random choice of s.
The Random Oracle Methodology, Revisited