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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inventiveness the power of creative imagination
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fifteen years after its invention in 1876, there were five million phones in America. Fifteen years after its invention, more than 33 million wireless phones were in the U.S.
    • n inventiveness The quality of being inventive; the faculty of inventing.
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  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “Ornaments were invented by modesty.”
  • Jonathan Schattke
    Jonathan Schattke
    “Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true -- but it's father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife.”
  • Auguste Rodin
    Auguste Rodin
    “I invent nothing, I rediscover.”
  • Hamerton
    “Painting does not come from intelligence so much, as from sight and feeling and invention.”
  • Ogden Nash
    “Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.”


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


In literature:

In Flanders, monastic ingenuity had invented another most painful punishment for Waldenses and similar malefactors.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66" by John Lothrop Motley
In this great work the technical invention keeps pace with the inspiration.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
When Paul invented logging he had to invent all the tools and figure out all his own methods.
"The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan" by W. B. Laughead
Surely they could have invented and built a competent house, but they didn't.
"Following the Equator, Part 3" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Scarcely is the theory of to-day established, than the theory of to-morrow is invented to oppose it.
"Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Nay, if necessity is the mother of invention, poverty is the creator of the arts.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He himself was astonished at them whilst he went on inventing them.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
We give a description of the gas engine invented by Mr. Emmanuel Stevens.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 586, March 26, 1887" by Various
Petty tales may have been invented or misread.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
ARNOTT, DR. NEIL, a native of Arbroath, author of the "Elements of Physics" and of several hygienic inventions (1788-1874).
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood

In poetry:

If so, why am I not contented
To endure this hateful chain?
Why have I constantly invented
Schemes my liberty to gain;
And with firm, heroic brav'ry,
Ventur'd my life to flee from slav'ry?
"The Slave’s Lament" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
They platted next a new invented crown
Of thorns, and o'er his temples press'd it down,
Until the blood well'd from each spouting wound,
And streaming down his cheeks, inrich'd the ground.
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard
Oh, are we not as little boys
Striving to conquer sea and air,
Playing a while with futile toys
To fight the bogey of despair?
While, in the end, invention's lure
Finds us relief - but never cure.
"The Drama" by C J Dennis
Invention? Men may, late or soon,
Thro' high ambition's urge, aspire,
And, so aspiring, win the boon
Of great and ultimate desire.
But art? Or talkies? Nothing loth,
I'm game to own there's room for both.
"The Drama" by C J Dennis
What was chiefly in use before guns were invented,
And the place of retreat for wild beasts under ground,
Where they couch under covert, secure and contented,
Makes the name of a Poet that's highly renown'd.
"A Rebus On The Author's Name" by Samuel Bowden
"What are you doing there, O man, singing
quietly amid all this tumult?
This is the time for new inventions, mighty
shoutings, and blowings of the trumpet." But he answered, "I am only shepherding my
sheep with music."
"Longfellow" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

In the early 1970s, Ethiopia's music scene rivaled any on earth in terms of swing, inventiveness and sheer beauty.
Germany has a grip on the business of inventing brainy new board-games.
Armed with a grant from the Grammy Foundation, the Bob Moog Foundation has hired Knoxville's sound guru to preserve the recorded history of Robert Moog's invention.
Term invented to agitate state voters.
A missile system developed by Alliant Techsystems in Plymouth has been named one of the Army's greatest inventions of the year.
Cross-cultural wine-and-food matings take an inventive turn at Mosaico, 175 Madison Avenue (33d Street).
As noxiously ridiculous as he was, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi didn't invent absurd politics in Italy.
Roanoke woman invents Apron Gun Holster and a new business.
If Frank Thomas Aquilino could have invented a 27-hour day, he would have gotten right on it.
At least since 2006 or so, Xerox has heralded its invention of " erasable " paper, but it hasn't yet hit the market.
The humble popsicle was invented - by mistake.
It actually happens in the inventive and wildly popular "Animorphs" series.
Dual-wheel escapements have been designed before, namely the "natural" escapement invented by Breguet, but most suffered from interference by wrist movement.
Now, imagine the kind of elation you'd feel if an invention came along that made it possible for you to walk again.
Lucky for you guys, there is now such an invention.

In science:

F R Cohen, J Pakianathan, Notes on automorphism groups, in preparation M Falk, R Randell, The lower central series of a fiber-type arrangement, Invent.
Basis-conjugating automorphisms of a free group and associated Lie algebras
GT/0505497 T Kohno, S ´erie de Poincar ´e-Koszul associ ´ee aux groupes de tresses pures, Invent.
Basis-conjugating automorphisms of a free group and associated Lie algebras
Heckman, On the variation in the cohomology of the symplectic form of the reduced phase space, Invent.
Reduction of generalized Calabi-Yau structures
Heckman, Addendum to ”On the variation in the cohomology of the symplectic form of the reduced phase space.”, Invent.
Reduction of generalized Calabi-Yau structures
Tits, ´El´ements unipotents et sous-groupes paraboliques de groupes r´eductifs I, Invent.
Uniform independence in linear groups