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Definition of "contraption" [con•trap•tion]

  • A mechanical device; a gadget. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "contraption" in a sentence
  • "The script provides an admirable fulcrum for such musings with the title contraption -- run by a former Tibetan monk (Christopher Plummer) who cut a deal with the devil (Tom Waits), and which now reveals the dreams and temptations of those who venture into it."
  • "That "contraption" is a very handsome tricycle with a VW engine."
  • "I'm talking about the obvious failure of VSE, ESAS, Constellation, Ares I and V and Orion and whatever that lunar lander contraption is called."