• WordNet 3.6
    • n inventor someone who is the first to think of or make something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb was afraid of the dark
    • n Inventor One who invents or finds out something new; a contriver; especially, one who invents mechanical devices, new drugs, new processes, or other useful objects or procedures.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Arthur Giblin was the inventor of the first "flushable" toilet
    • n inventor One who invents or devises something new; one who makes an invention.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The monkey wrench is named after its inventor, a London blacksmith named Charles Moncke.
    • Inventor one who invents or finds out something new:—fem. Inven′tress
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “In America the geography is sublime, but the men are not; the inventions are excellent, but the inventors one is sometimes ashamed of.”
  • Nicholas Goodison
    Nicholas Goodison
    “The inventor of the Xerox machine will, I am sure, find a special place reserved for him on one of the inner circles of Dante's Inferno.”
  • Royal Little
    Royal Little
    “Never let an inventor run a company. You can never get him to stop tinkering and bring something to market.”
  • Sir Richard Storey
    Sir Richard Storey
    “The first rule of venture capitalism should be Shoot the Inventor.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.”


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


In literature:

Adam divinitus edoctus primus scientiarum et litterarum inventor.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
When he referred to his father (of whom he had been very fond) it was as an inventor.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
The specification and claim shall be signed by the inventor and attested by two witnesses.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
Foss (Henry) on Hulls, the inventor of steam-boats, 69.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
Inventor is on the high seas.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
An inventor speculates on what he is going to invent.
"Successful Stock Speculation" by John James Butler
It had taken the inventor, ignorant as he was of mechanics, four years of painful application to perfect it.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Balassa was also the inventor of the strophe which goes by his name.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The inventors of machinery belonged mainly to the lower middle classes.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
The idea had taken root in the minds of inventors, and was striving to grow into a reality.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
We have had many great poets and many great inventors.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
This engine reached New York at about the same time as the inventor.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8" by Various
The inventor sees the machine in his thought before he attempts to build it.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
It was "Wheels," otherwise Archie Graham, the boy inventor.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
It is a great thing for the inventor to construct a watch.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
The Whitney gin of the old days has been improved beyond the dreams of its inventor.
"The Fabric of Civilization" by Anonymous
The inventor of it, for practical use, was Leonardo da Vinci.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 360, October 1845" by Various
Blessed be the inventor of photography!
"A Letter Book" by George Saintsbury
Hardly ever is a discovery born in the brain of a single inventor.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
One Dixon, who drove the 'Experiment' between Darlington and Shildon, is the inventor of carriage lighting on the rail.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various

In poetry:

"Great inventors", say you? Granted;
Such material gifts are ours;
Every age hath some distinction,
Every race its special powers.
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
Whatever it is catches my heart in its hands, whatever it is makes
me shudder with love
And painful joy and the tears prickle ... the Greeks were not
its inventors. The Greeks were not the inventors
"Hellenistics" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

After 16 inventions and years in the red, an inventor gives it another go with computerized foreign language translator.
Sandia Labs celebrates life of 'clean room' inventor.
Inventor's killer sounds scatter pirates.
James Dyson today launches a new kind of school to encourage Britain's next generation of engineers, designers, inventors and entrepreneurs.
Kid Inventors and a Secret Agent Platypus.
If Bob Garrison were going to award a Nobel Prize, he definitely wouldn't consider the inventor of the plastic snuff can.
Here's to you, self-locking head lock inventor.
On Wednesday, Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor or the Web, and a panel of leading authorities on the World Wide Web gathered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to discuss the future of the Web in a public debate.
And an inventor, as well.
This list of patents granted the week of Sept 24 by the US Patent Office to Long Island-area inventors and companies.
He spoke with The Post's Emi Kolawole about his path from being a teenage inventor in New Jersey to the Smithsonian.
FILE PHOTO ** William Shockley , co-inventor of the transistor, poses in his lab in Mountain View, Calif, in this Nov 1, 1956, file photo.
Ray Kurzweil, the famous inventor, is trim, balding, and not very tall.
The inventor, Brian Egenriether, explained the gizmo to
Every week, inventors and entrepreneurs tune in to watch startup founders pitch the heavy-hitting investors on ABC's Shark Tank.

In science:

Our work focuses on a class of stochastic flows of kernels with Brownian n-point motions which, after their inventors, will be called Howitt-Warren flows.
Stochastic flows in the Brownian web and net
The resulting method is called the sgs algorithm, after the initials of its inventors (Spirtes et al. 2000).
Causal Conclusions that Flip Repeatedly and Their Justification
The Open Inventor drivers for Xt (Unix) and Win32 (Microsoft Windows) also provides good interactivity.
The Geant4 Visualisation System - a multi-driver graphics system
Figure 10: A screen shot of an Open Inventor viewer.
The Geant4 Visualisation System - a multi-driver graphics system
For completeness we re-iterate the possibility, mentioned above, of saving a view with any variant of OpenGL or Open Inventor driver to file in EPS format with the visualisation command /vis/ogl/printEPS.
The Geant4 Visualisation System - a multi-driver graphics system
It supports several drivers over various graphics libraries, including OpenGL, Open Inventor and Geant4’s own tracking library (RayTracer) and can write files for various browsers: DAWN, VRML, HepRApp.
The Geant4 Visualisation System - a multi-driver graphics system
The random-cluster model, also known as the Fortuin–Kasteleyn (FK) model after its inventors [82, 80, 81], is a two-parameter family of dependent bond percolation models living on a finite graph.
The random geometry of equilibrium phases
How the error threshold might have been avoided in prebiotic evolution (which the inventors of the quasispecies model had in mind) is an ob ject of discussion.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
This approach works in high energy nuclear collisions far better than has been anticipated by Fermi , the inventor of this method.
Strangeness and Quark Gluon Plasma
The Arnold Principle: If a notion bears a personal name, then this name is not the name of the inventor.
CMV matrices: Five years after
Further improvement is obtained by passing to the combination of two pules in pCPMG = fτ π f2τ π fτ [11, 12] which is commonly called CPMG after the first letters of its inventors.
Concatenated Control Sequences based on Optimized Dynamic Decoupling
The current interest and aim of the project is to find a better substitute for the 1-dimensional position sensitive X-ray detector that is used for isotropic scattering experiments (see Figure 7): it is a Gabriel type from the name of its inventor A.
Progetto di un detector a camera di ionizzazione per esperimenti SAXS
Baade who knew the inventor Bernhard Schmidt. 3The telescope still exists and will soon be moved to the Palomar Museum; the P18 dome now is our aeronomy center and houses a polar telescope for seeing monitoring. 4Type I and Type II have certainly survived the passage of time.
Cosmic Explosions (Optical Transients)
Within such an ad-hoc scheme the challenge for the inventor is then to demonstrate some other physical effect that would arise from such new and yet undiscovered confined hadronic matter phenomena.
Quo Vadis Strangeness? Strangeness - Open Questions
The inventor's practice of publishing an invention, or putting it in a self-addressed envelope and getting it postmarked, to prove the invention originated no later than a certain day.
Improvements to time bracketed authentication