Devil's darning-needle to Dew
(Dev"il's darn"ing-nee`dle). (Zoöl.) A dragon fly. See Darning needle, under
Darn, v. t.
(Dev"il*ship), n. The character or person of a devil or the devil. Cowley.
(Dev"il*try) n.; pl. Deviltries Diabolical conduct; malignant mischief; devilry. C. Reade.
(Dev"il*wood`) n. (Bot.) A kind of tree allied to the European olive.
(De"vi*ous) a. [L. devius; de + via way. See Viaduct.]
1. Out of a straight line; winding; varying from directness; as, a devious path or way.
2. Going out of the right or common course; going astray; erring; wandering; as, a devious step.
Syn. Wandering; roving; rambling; vagrant.
De"vi*ous*ly, adv. De"vi*ous*ness, n.
(De*vir"gin*ate) a. [L. devirginatus, p. p. of devirginare.] Deprived of virginity. [R.]
(De*vir"gin*ate) v. t. To deprive of virginity; to deflour. [R.] Sandys.
(De*vir`gi*na"tion) n. [L. devirginatio.] A deflouring. [R.] Feltham.
(De*vis"a*ble) a. [From Devise.]
1. Capable of being devised, invented, or contrived.
2. Capable of being bequeathed, or given by will.
(De*vis"al) n. A devising. Whitney.
(De*vise") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Devising.] [OF. deviser to distribute,
regulate, direct, relate, F., to chat, fr. L. divisus divided, distributed, p. p. of dividere. See Divide, and
1. To form in the mind by new combinations of ideas, new applications of principles, or new arrangement
of parts; to formulate by thought; to contrive; to excogitate; to invent; to plan; to scheme; as, to devise an
engine, a new mode of writing, a plan of defense, or an argument.
To devise curious works.Ex. CCTV. 32.
Devising schemes to realize his ambitious views.Bancroft.
2. To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain.
For wisdom is most riches; fools thereforeSpenser.
They are which fortunes do by vows devise.
3. To say; to relate; to describe. [Obs.] Chaucer.
4. To imagine; to guess. [Obs.] Spenser.
5. (Law) To give by will; used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels.
Syn. To bequeath; invent; discover; contrive; excogitate; imagine; plan; scheme. See Bequeath.