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device

1. a machine or tool used for a specific task; contrivance
2. any ornamental pattern or picture, as in embroidery
3. computer hardware that is designed for a specific function
4. a particular pattern of words, figures of speech, etc., used in literature to produce an effect on the reader

device

[di′vīs]
(computer science)
A general-purpose term used, often indiscriminately, to refer to a computer component or the computer itself.
(electronics)
An electronic element that cannot be divided without destroying its stated function; commonly applied to active elements such as transistors and transducers.
(engineering)
A mechanism, tool, or other piece of equipment designed for specific uses.

device

In an electric system, a component that is intended to carry, but not consume, electric energy, e.g., a switch.

device

device

(1) Hardware. The term refers to any electronic or electromechanical machine or component from a transistor to a disk drive to a smartphone. A device always refers to hardware, never to software. However, a "device driver" refers to software written to activate (to drive) a specific hardware device (see driver).

A User or Client Device
In general conversation, "the user's device" refers to the hardware operated by a person and may refer to a smartphone, tablet, iPod, laptop or desktop computer, but not to devices in a network (see network device).

(2) In semiconductor design, a device is an active component, such as a transistor or diode, in contrast to a passive component, such as a resistor or capacitor.
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BAGHDAD - Three persons, including an officer, were wounded in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) near their patrol in northern Baghdad on Sunday, according to a police source.
BAGHDAD, Two civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in the area of al-Waziriya, northern Baghdad, on Wednesday, an Iraqi police source said.
Yesterday evening, a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) planted near Sheikh Jalal Mosque in Ragheba Khatoun area, Adhamiya neighborhood, detonated killing one civilian and injuring two others," the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).
An improvised explosive device went off targeting a police vehicle patrol at al-Tawafa area in southwestern Mosul," the source told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI) on condition of anonymity.
An improvised explosive device, planted on the road in al-Nahr al-Kabier village in Bahraz district, south of Baaquba, went off this morning, injuring three civilians," the source, who asked to be unnamed, Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq (VOI).
It went on saying that a force from the Baghdad paratroopers regiment captured 2 persons charged with Article 4-Terrorism, while transporting improvised explosive devices in Salman and Faris neighborhood.
The joint contract represents an upgrade in the size of orders placed for the Cougar vehicle built by Force Protection, which has become the nation's leading center for blast protection technology and state-of-the-art research and development to counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
A security source said that armed elements planted a number of improvised explosive devices around the station in the Kubaisa area west of the city of Hit of Anbar, and detonated by remote control, causing significant damage.
Police sources said that three worshipers were killed and 15 others were injured when a car bomb and two improvised explosive devices exploded near Omer al-Mokhtar Mosque in the Mikanic neighborhood in Doura.
QUETTA, February 16, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Quetta police on Tuesday thwarting the terror attempt seized the raw material of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) during a search operation on Sariab Road here.
Hassan Tabbakh, 38, is alleged to have been trying to create improvised explosive devices when he was arrested in December last year.
But as you alluded to, a weapon of mass destruction in our world goes beyond that [definition] and includes improvised explosive devices.