• Vote Recorder—Edison's First Patented Invention
    Vote Recorder—Edison's First Patented Invention
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inventive (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action "an imaginative use of material","the invention of the knitting frame by another ingenious English clergyman"- Lewis Mumford","an ingenious device","had an inventive turn of mind","inventive ceramics"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The condom made originally of linen was invented in the early 1500's.
    • a Inventive Able and apt to invent; quick at contrivance; ready at expedients; as, an inventive head or genius.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first self-rising pancake mix was invented in 1889 by a newspaper man in Missouri (Chris L. Rutt).
    • inventive Of or pertaining to invention; characterized by or manifesting original contrivance.
    • inventive Able to invent; quick at contriving; ready at expedients.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The game of volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan.
    • adj Inventive able to invent: ready in contrivance
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  • Charles H. Duell
    Charles H. Duell
    “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”
  • Henry George
    Henry George
    “The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt.”
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
    “Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development.”
  • Alphonse Karr
    Alphonse Karr
    “We can invent only with memory.”


Necessity is the mother of invention - Difficult situations make people inventive.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. inventif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. invenīre, inventumin, upon, venīre, to come.


In literature:

He had not the sort of imagination that can invent men and women easily.
"Old and New Masters" by Robert Lynd
We will make our inventions in men catch up with our inventions in machines.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Three years afterward he invented a needle-gun, retaining the muzzle-loading method.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
Thanks to the great invention, the transaction was complete in itself.
"Humanly Speaking" by Samuel McChord Crothers
Invent an indirect question and show how it would naturally be inflected.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
The various titles they invent for each other it would be impossible to translate.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Vacquerie approved highly the convent scene which Gallet invented.
"Musical Memories" by Camille Saint-Saëns
The natives of India, and of some other parts of the world, still employ this simple invention.
"A Catechism of Familiar Things; Their History, and the Events Which Led to Their Discovery" by Benziger Brothers
But this colonnade, invented solely to solve a difficulty, lent itself readily to rich adornment.
"Inquiries and Opinions" by Brander Matthews
These useful labels were invented by practical people for practical purposes.
"Art" by Clive Bell
Invention has made snail-like the speed of light.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
So the next step was the invention of a smokeless powder.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
The invention of sericulture must therefore have dated from very ancient times in China.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
What people invented bronze?
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
And it is no invention to discover some new capacity in an old invention.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 1178, June 25, 1898" by Various
They would not look at his invention!
"Mysterious Psychic Forces" by Camille Flammarion
Directly his doctors gave him permission he turned again to his invention, glad of the relief that work afforded.
"A Gamble with Life" by Silas K. Hocking
When the inventor designs a gun, or invents a new explosive, he does not simultaneously try to invent ways and means of creating a market.
"Defenseless America" by Hudson Maxim
In taste of invention and composition, they come near that of Raffaello.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. V (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
After the invention of the easily-lighted phosphorus match there was no longer use for the dip-splint or the strike-a-light.
"Stories of Useful Inventions" by Samuel Eagle Foreman

In poetry:

"It shall not be in power of man
To bind them to their own contentions;
But each shall speak, as speak she can,
And start anew with fresh inventions,
Where she began.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Nay, O my Saviour! when I'm most inclin'd
To worship thee, with all my heart and mind,
Then most he aims my purpose to prevent,
By all the various wiles he can invent!
"A Prayer Against The Temptations, And Assaults Of The Devil" by Rees Prichard
As wily serpent ever prove,
Yet harmless as the turtle-dove,
Still winning souls by guileful love
And deep invention,
So once the great Apostle strove
With good intention.
"Epistle To A Young Clergyman" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Yes. he ran to the door and he shouted 'Police,'
He called 'Police' nine times or ten;
But no policeman arrived and a very good reason
The police weren't invented by then.
"Sweeney Todd, The Barber" by Weston and Lee
Hamlet himself could not give cheer or help,
Though firm and brave, with his boy-face controlled.
For every game they started out to play
Yorick invented, in the days of old.
"Epitaphs For Two Players" by Vachel Lindsay
Often, in our waking dreams,
We invent a thousand schemes,
That bring with them troubles;
But, too late! we find, indeed,
That, alas! they can't succeed,
And are empty bubbles.
"On Bubbles" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

As visual invention, it's banal and boring.
A.Day archives and language-related miscellany can be found is at and a word invented by Mr Garg: linguaphiles.
Dude, I invented the monopoly.
In terms of sheer inventiveness, it makes the other movies around these days look paltry and underfed.
How Build-a-Bear invented a bear market .
At 94, he is still cranking out patents and inventions, including an electric car that doesn't use a battery.
TWO-FOR-ONE EYEGLASS LENSES that darken when exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun and return to their clear state indoors have come a long way since they were first invented in the 1960s.
HOUSTON (AP) — Dr Michael DeBakey , the world-famous cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered such now-common procedures as bypass surgery and invented a host of devices to help heart patients, has died.
Jennifer Garner, left and Ricky Gervais in 'The Invention of Lying,'… (Warner Bros ).
A patent gives its owner the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, or offering to sell the patented invention.
The first stethoscope, invented by the French physician René Laennec, was simply a hollow wooden or ebony tube.
Mark and Jennifer Evans, dirtbike enthusiasts, have invented a tool that not only makes tires last up to five times longer, but is economical as well.
In a sudden turnaround, the publisher of Joe McGinniss's forthcoming biography of Senator Edward M Kennedy said yesterday that it would remove a statement from the book saying the author had invented some characters' thoughts and dialogue.
ARS researchers have invented a bioreactor that removes nitrates from swine effluent, allowing the livestock wastewater to be recycled for irrigation.
Case Study Demonstrates Utility of Inventive Strategies.

In science:

Talagrand: New concentration inequalities in product spaces, Invent.
Localization near fluctuation boundaries via fractional moments and applications
The integration technique which we use for finding solution of the equations of propagation of light rays was invented in [7, 83].
General Relativistic Theory of Light Propagation in the Field of Radiative Gravitational Multipoles
MOND was invented to explain the rotation velocities of stars far into the galactic halos.
The Search for Dark Matter, Einstein's Cosmology and MOND
The MOND theory was invented to explain the star rotation curves for galaxies that are normally used to indicate the existence of cold dark matter.
The Search for Dark Matter, Einstein's Cosmology and MOND
One result of this program was the invention of the 2-phase detector that provides powerful discrimination against various kinds of background.
The Search for Dark Matter, Einstein's Cosmology and MOND
Soul´e, An arithmetic Riemann-Roch theorem, Invent.
Canonical heights for random iterations in certain varieties
Zhang, ´Equir´epartition des petits points, Invent.
Canonical heights for random iterations in certain varieties
VanderKam, Mol lification of the fourth moment of automorphic L-functions and arithmetic applications, Invent.
Modeling families of L-functions
Kadison on maximal abelian ∗-subalgebras in factors,” Invent.
Singly Generated II_1 Factors
Denef, The rationality of the Poincar´e series associated to the p-adic points on a variety, Invent.
Constructible exponential functions, motivic Fourier transform and transfer principle
Kac, Infinite root systems, representations of graphs and invariant theory, Invent.
General sheaves over weighted projective lines
Sternberg, Convexity properties of the moment map, Invent.
New polytope decompositions and Euler-Maclaurin formulas for simple integral polytopes
Georgia Benkart and Efim Zelmanov, Lie algebras graded by finite root systems and intersection matrix algebras, Invent.
Some new simple modular Lie superalgebras
Limit laws for random matrices and free products, Invent.
The polynomial method for random matrices
A method of calculating the eigenvalue density of the Wigner-L´evy matrices was invented by Bouchaud and Cizeau .
Random Levy Matrices Revisited