invention meaning, invention definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( inventions    plural  )
1       n-count   An invention is a machine, device, or system that has been invented by someone.  
The spinning wheel was a Chinese invention.     
2       n-uncount   Invention is the act of inventing something that has never been made or used before.  
oft N of n  
...the invention of the telephone.     
3       n-var   If you refer to someone's account of something as an invention, you think that it is untrue and that they have made it up.   (=fabrication)  
The story was certainly a favourite one, but it was undoubtedly pure invention.     
4       n-uncount   Invention is the ability to invent things or to have clever and original ideas.   (=creativity)  
...his great powers of invention.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    brainchild     (informal)   contraption, contrivance, creation, design, development, device, discovery, gadget, instrument, waldo  
2    coinage, creativeness, creativity, genius, imagination, ingenuity, inspiration, inventiveness, originality, resourcefulness  
3    deceit, fabrication, fake, falsehood, fantasy, fib     (informal)   fiction, figment or product of (someone's) imagination, forgery, lie, prevarication, sham, story, tall story     (informal)   untruth, yarn  

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Used to express one's enthusiasm about a new person, or a new thing such as an idea, plan, invention or innovation
The way she goes on about him!; you'd think he was the greatest thing since sliced bread / Wow! this video game is the best thing since sliced bread!
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