a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
the faculty of contriving; inventive skill;
"his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"
an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade;
"his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"
an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.;
"the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable"
any improvised arrangement for temporary use
the act of devising something
- He erected some contrivance for storing rain-water.
- Some things are beyond human contrivance.
- I have an ingenious contrivance to get her to sign the document without reading it.
- The film is spoilt by unrealistic contrivances of plot.
A clumsy contrivance to persuade me that I was unsuspected.出自： J. Buchan