- (British) IPA: /ɪnˈvɛnʃən/
- Something invented.
- My new invention will let you alphabetize your matchbook collection in half the usual time.(here signifying a process or mechanism not previously devised)
- I'm afraid there was no burglar. It was all the housekeeper's invention.(here signifying a fiction created for a particular purpose)
- 1944 November 28, Irving Brecher and Fred F. Finklehoffe, Meet Me in St. Louis, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer:
- Warren Sheffield is telephoning Rose long distance at half past six. […] Personally, I wouldn't marry a man who proposed to me over an invention.
- The act of inventing.
- The invention of the printing press was probably the most significant innovation of the medieval ages.
- The capacity to invent.
- It took quite a bit of invention to come up with a plan, but we did it.
- (music) A small, self-contained composition, particularly those in J.S. Bach’s Two- and Three-part Inventions.
- I particularly like the inventions in C-minor.
- 1880, George Grove (editor and entry author), A Dictionary of Music and Musicians II, London: Macmillan & Co., page 15 ↗, Invention:
- INVENTION. A term used by J. S. Bach, and probably by him only, for small pianoforte pieces — 15 in 2 parts and 15 in 3 parts — each developing a single idea, and in some measure answering to the Impromptu of a later day.
- (archaic) The act of discovering or finding; the act of finding out; discovery.
- That judicial method which serveth best for the invention of truth.
- French: invention
- German: Erfindung
- Italian: invenzione
- Portuguese: invenção
- Russian: изобрете́ние
- Spanish: invención, invento
- German: Einfallsreichtum
- Portuguese: invenção, inventividade
- Russian: изобрета́тельность
- Spanish: invención