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noun [countable]     device pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular thing

    Secure your bike with this simple locking device.

    device for:

    a device for measuring humidity in the air

    labor-saving device (=a machine that reduces the work you have to do):

    labor-saving devices like the dishwasher and the microwave

  2. 2
    formal a way of making something happen or of making someone do something

    We needed a device to get him out of the house.

  3. 3
    a bomb

    The device exploded only a short distance away from her.

    a nuclear device



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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