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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INVENT', verb transitive [Latin invenio, inventum; in and venio, to come; literally, to come to, to fall on, to meet, Eng. to find.]

1. To find out something new; to devise something not before known; to contrive and produce something that did not before exist; as, to invent a new instrument of music; to invent a machine for spinning; to invent gunpowder. [See Invention.]

2. To forge; to fabricate; to contrive falsely; as, to invent falsehoods.

3. To feign; to frame by the imagination; as, to invent the machinery of a poem.

4. To light on; to meet with. [This is the literal sense, but not now used.]

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INVENT'ED, participle passive Found out; devised; contrived; forged; fabricated.

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INVENT'ER, noun [See Inventor.]

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INVENT'ING, participle present tense Finding out what was before unknown; devising or contriving something new; fabricating.

Naves Topical Index

General references
Proverbs 8:12

Of musical instruments:

By Jubal
Genesis 4:21

By David
1 Chronicles 23:5; 2 Chronicles 7:6; 2 Chronicles 29:26; Amos 6:5

The use of metals
Genesis 4:22

Engines of war
2 Chronicles 26:15

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INVEN'TION, noun [Latin inventio.]

1. The action or operation of finding out something new; the contrivance of that which did not before exist; as the invention of logarithms; the invention of the art of printing; the invention of the orrery. invention differs from discovery. invention is applied to the contrivance and production of something that did not before exist. Discovery brings to light that which existed before, but which was not know. We are indebted to invention for the thermometer and barometer. We are indebted to discovery for the knowledge of the isles in the Pacific ocean, and for the knowledge of galvanism, and many species of earth not formerly known. This distinction is important, though not always observed.

2. That which is invented. The cotton gin is the invention of Whitney; the steam boat is the invention of Fulton. The Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders are said to be inventions of the Greeks; the Tuscan and Composite are inventions of the Latins.

3. Forgery; fiction. Fables are the inventions of ingenious men.

4. In painting, the finding or choice of the objects which are to enter into the composition of the piece.

5. In poetry, it is applied to whatever the poet adds to the history of the subject.

6. In rhetoric, the finding and selecting of arguments to prove and illustrate the point in view.

7. The power of inventing; that skill or ingenuity which is or may be employed in contriving any thing new. Thus we say, a man of invention

8. Discovery; the finding of things hidden or before unknown. [Less proper.]

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INVENT'IVE, adjective Able to invent; quick at contrivance; ready at expedients; as an inventive head or genius.

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INVENT'OR, noun One who finds out something new; one who contrives and produces any thing not before existing; a contriver. The inventors of many of the most useful arts are not known.

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INVENTO'RIALLY, adverb In the manner of an inventory.

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IN'VENTORIED, participle passive Inserted or registered in an inventory.

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1. An account, catalogue or schedule of all the goods and chattels of a deceased person. In some of the United States, the inventory must include an account of the real as well as the personal estate of the deceased.

2. A catalogue of movables.

3. A catalogue of account of particular things. [An indefinite use of the word.]

IN'VENTORY, verb transitive To make an inventory of; to make a list, catalogue or schedule of; as, to inventory the goods and estate of the deceased.

1. To insert or register in an account of goods.

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INVENT'RESS, noun [from invent.] A female that invents.