• Vote Recorder—Edison's First Patented Invention
    Vote Recorder—Edison's First Patented Invention
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v invent come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
    • v invent make up something artificial or untrue
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The watch was invented by Peter Henlein of Nuremberg in 1510.
    • Invent To come or light upon; to meet; to find. "And vowed never to return again,
      Till him alive or dead she did invent ."
    • Invent To discover, as by study or inquiry; to find out; to devise; to contrive or produce for the first time; -- applied commonly to the discovery of some serviceable mode, instrument, or machine. "Thus first Necessity invented stools."
    • Invent To frame by the imagination; to fabricate mentally; to forge; -- in a good or a bad sense; as, to invent the machinery of a poem; to invent a falsehood. "Whate'er his cruel malice could invent .""He had invented some circumstances, and put the worst possible construction on others."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The wheelbarrow was invented by the Chinese.
    • invent To come upon; light upon; meet with; find.
    • invent To find out by original study or contrivance; create by a new use or combination of means; devise the form, construction, composition, method, or principle of.
    • invent In general, to produce by contrivance; fabricate; concoet; devise: as, to invent the plot of a story; to invent an excuse or a falsehood.
    • invent Synonyms 2 and 3. Discover, Invent. See discover and invention.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The stapler was invented in Spring Valley, Minnesota.
    • v.t Invent in-vent′ to devise or contrive: to make: to frame: to fabricate: to forge
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  • Latin Proverb
    Latin Proverb
    “A poor joke must invent its own laughter.”
  • 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.”
  • Alphonse Karr
    Alphonse Karr
    “We can invent only with memory.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inventus, p. p. of invenire, to come upon, to find, invent; pref. in-, in + venire, to come, akin to E. come,: cf. F. inventer,. See Come
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. invenīre, inventumin, upon, venīre, to come.


In literature:

Thus the spirit of invention was suppressed.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
His cough resembled the noise made by those barbarous mechanical inventions by which toy-dogs are enabled to bark.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Rebecca'll marry Chandler, an' she an' her husband can back up my big inventions with capital.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
We shall afterwards find that the invention of the locomotive was made by like successive steps.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
At last he thought that if he could invent something useful, and patent it, he would soon acquire what he so much desired to possess.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
The invention of printing.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
He set up new forms of worship and invented numerous ceremonies, that thereby he might also appear to be the Church.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
A daring hypothesis of Olbers's invention provided an exit from the difficulty.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
To the several branches of this industry the earliest among the great inventions were applied.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
Between 1428 and 1448, a spice grinder standing on four legs was invented; and this was later used for grinding coffee.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers

In poetry:

"'And you have made a poem, nearly
All of your own invention:
Will not your father love you dearly
When this to him I mention?
"The End Of May" by Charles Lamb
"Still, some few drops for thirsty need
A poor invention even, when told
In love of thee the Truth indeed,
Like broken pitcher yet may hold:
"A Meditation Of St. Eligius" by George MacDonald
Some things they did I will not tell.
They're not quite proper for a rhyme.
But I will say Yim Yonson Swede
Did sure invent a sunflower time.
"When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich" by Vachel Lindsay
Yes, love's truly a vulgar word.
I'll invent something else to supplant it,
Just for you, the whole world, all words
I will gladly rename, if you want it.
"Without A Title" by Boris Pasternak
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
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:

She quotes Sirio Maccioni of Le Cirque as saying, "I invented the dish in 1974," implying that he invented the name.
While working as a JPL 'rocket boy,' Herman Bank invented 'the suitcase surfboard' for easier transport.
Auburn, N.Y.—The Auburn Doubledays are named after the man who mythically invented baseball.
Innovator Stephen Wolfram channels science for his latest computational invention, Wolfram Alpha.
Just when you thought every sport had been invented comes Corgi fishing.
Many of the following 13 inventions have become fixtures in daily life.
Ironically, the egg counterfeiters actually claim their "independently invented production techniques".
Kid Rock Country or Rock or did he invent Country-Rock .
Jacques Cousteau allied an inventive genius to his exploring and photography skills.
Watch the famous chef make the classic French dish, but stay for her inventive use of a blowtorch (2:49).
Watch the famous chef make the classic French dish, but stay for her inventive use of a blowtorch.
Some student researchers at Stanford U were recognized by "Time" magazine for inventing a prosthetic knee (left) that a team at LeTourneau U.
Crum , a skilled hunter, successful businessman and master chef, is best known for inventing one of America's most popular snack foods.
Inventive design keeps weight evenly distributed.
Glen Hammond Curtiss and the race to invent the airplane.

In science:

Zelditch, Universality and scaling of correlations between zeros on complex manifolds, Invent.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
Schupp, Artin groups and infinite Coxeter groups, Invent.
The solution to a conjecture of Tits on the subgroup generated by the squares of the generators of an Artin group
Aschbacher, M., On the maximal subgroups of the finite classical groups, Invent.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Limit laws for random matrices and free products, Invent.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
Bost, Semi-stability and heights of cycles, Invent.
A note on polarizations of finitely generated fields