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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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And some in the information-technology business point out that the need for security may not be as great for wireless devices because most information on them is of little interest to serious hackers.
While many next generation devices do provide substantial health benefits, lack of FDA approval signifies that their safety and effectiveness are unproven.
For instance, the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health takes more than three times longer to approve a Class III or "substantial risk" medical device (such life-saying products as heart valves or CAT scanners) than do the agency's counterparts in Europe.
Therefore, individual needs must be assessed before devices are developed that meet the broadest range of personal needs.
Multimedia functionality is no longer reserved for only high-end, expensive cellular phones," said Christian Kermarrec, vice president, RF and Wireless Systems, Analog Devices, Inc.
SMI-S defines software management tools as "clients," and networked storage devices as "providers" (Figure 1).
Congress has responded to this sentiment by passing the Safe Medical Devices Act of 1990, which seeks to tighten the requirements for FDA approval of devices for marketing, especially through the 510k process.
Clearance of the GMD Universal Circumcision Clamp is based on the device being substantially equivalent -- having the same or equivalent materials, design specifications, technological characteristics, operation, intended use and performance -- to pre-amendment devices and a product currently on the market.
In a shared environment, all devices in a system are involved in each transaction.