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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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According to UNAMA, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in attacks by Anti-Government Elements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties.
Three improvised explosive devices have been discovered and defused in Paktia and Wardak provinces of the war-torn country.
New Delhi [India], August 2 ( ANI ): The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad on Wednesday said that the spare parts found in the Cargo Terminal of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi are not Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
Officials in political administration Kurram Agency told reporter that the personnel of Frontier Constabulary were targeted through an improvised explosive device at Lakka Tega area when they were bringing water.
Three soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device went off in Lamitan City on Monday.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi media outlets reported on Sunday, that nine civilians were either killed or wounded in the explosion of an improvised explosive device, Northwest of Kirkuk.
KIRKUK / Aswat al-Iraq: An army soldier was wounded on Thursday by an improvised explosive device in southwest of Kirkuk, according to local police chief.
PESHAWAR -- An improvised explosive device (IED) targeted the vehicle carrying officials of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) here Monday, injuring three cops and a passerby in outskirts of the city.
TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 10 militants were blown up by their own explosives as they were busy making an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan's Southeastern Ghazni province.
It also seeks certification from the Defence Secretary that Pakistan is committed to supporting counterterrorism operations against Al-Qaeda, its associated movements, the Haqqani Network, dismantling improvised explosive device (IED) networks, interdicting precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of IEDs, and preventing proliferation of nuclear-related material and expertise.
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Three civilians were wounded on Thursday in an improvised explosive device blast in western Baghdad, according to a security source.