Definition of Design

1. Noun. The act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan). "He contributed to the design of a new instrument"

Exact synonyms: Designing
Generic synonyms: Creating By Mental Acts
Specialized synonyms: Planning

2. Verb. Make or work out a plan for; devise. "Did he design his major works over a short period of time?"; "Plan an attack"
Exact synonyms: Contrive, Plan, Project
Generic synonyms: Create By Mental Act, Create Mentally
Specialized synonyms: Plot, Concert, Map, Map Out
Derivative terms: Contriver, Plan, Plan, Planner, Planning, Project, Project

3. Noun. An arrangement scheme. "A plan for seating guests"
Exact synonyms: Plan
Generic synonyms: Arrangement, Organisation, Organization, System
Specialized synonyms: Configuration, Constellation, Layout, Snare, Trap, Hotel Plan, Meal Plan
Derivative terms: Plan, Plan

4. Verb. Plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect. "This room is not designed for work"
Generic synonyms: Designate, Destine, Intend, Specify

5. Noun. Something intended as a guide for making something else. "A pattern for a skirt"
Exact synonyms: Blueprint, Pattern
Generic synonyms: Plan, Program, Programme
Derivative terms: Blueprint, Pattern

6. Verb. Create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner. "Did he design his major works over a short period of time?"; "Chanel designed the famous suit"
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Specialized synonyms: Cut, Tailor, Make Up
Derivative terms: Designer, Designer, Designing

7. Noun. A decorative or artistic work. "The coach had a design on the doors"

8. Verb. Make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form. "Plan the new wing of the museum"
Exact synonyms: Plan
Specialized synonyms: Engineer, Redesign, Blueprint, Draft, Draught
Generic synonyms: Create By Mental Act, Create Mentally
Derivative terms: Designer, Designing, Plan, Planner, Planning

9. Noun. An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions. "He made no secret of his designs"
Exact synonyms: Aim, Intent, Intention, Purpose
Generic synonyms: End, Goal
Specialized synonyms: Idea, Mind, Cross-purpose, Final Cause, Sake, View, Will
Derivative terms: Aim, Intend, Purpose

10. Verb. Create designs. "Did he design his major works over a short period of time?"; "Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Derivative terms: Designer, Designer

11. Noun. A preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something. "The design of a building"
Generic synonyms: Sketch, Study

12. Verb. Conceive or fashion in the mind; invent. "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"

13. Noun. The creation of something in the mind.
Exact synonyms: Conception, Excogitation, Innovation, Invention
Generic synonyms: Creative Thinking, Creativeness, Creativity
Specialized synonyms: Concoction, Contrivance
Derivative terms: Conceive, Excogitate, Innovational, Invent

14. Verb. Intend or have as a purpose. "She designed to go far in the world of business"
Generic synonyms: Intend, Mean, Think

Definition of Design

1. v. t. To draw preliminary outline or main features of; to sketch for a pattern or model; to delineate; to trace out; to draw.

2. v. i. To form a design or designs; to plan.

3. n. A preliminary sketch; an outline or pattern of the main features of something to be executed, as of a picture, a building, or a decoration; a delineation; a plan.

Definition of Design

1. Noun. A plan (with more or less detail) for the structure and functions of an artifact, building or system. ¹

2. Noun. A pattern, as an element of a work of art or architecture. ¹

3. Noun. The composition of a work of art. ¹

4. Noun. Intention or plot. ¹

5. Noun. The shape or appearance given to an object, especially one that is intended to make it more attractive. ¹

6. Noun. The art of designing ¹

7. Verb. (obsolete) To assign, appoint (something (term to) someone); to designate. (defdate 16th-19th c.) ¹

8. Verb. To plan and carry out (a picture, work of art, construction etc.). (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

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Definition of Design

1. to conceive and plan out [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Design

1. 1. A preliminary sketch; an outline or pattern of the main features of something to be executed, as of a picture, a building, or a decoration; a delineation; a plan. 2. A plan or scheme formed in the mind of something to be done; preliminary conception; idea intended to be expressed in a visible form or carried into action; intention; purpose; often used in a bad sense for evil intention or purpose; scheme; plot. "The vast design and purpos of the King." (Tennyson) "The leaders of that assembly who withstood the designs of a besotted woman." (Hallam) "A . . . Settled design upon another man's life." (Locke) "How little he could guess the secret designs of the court!" (Macaulay) 3. Specifically, intention or purpose as revealed or inferred from the adaptation of means to an end; as, the argument from design. 4. The realization of an inventive or decorative plan; especially, a work of decorative art considered as a new creation; conception or plan shown in completed work; as, this carved panel is a fine design, or of a fine design. 5. The invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole. Arts of design, those into which the designing of artistic forms and figures enters as a principal part, as architecture, painting, engraving, sculpture. School of design, one in which are taught the invention and delineation of artistic or decorative figures, patterns, and the like. Synonym: Intention, purpose, scheme, project, plan, idea. Design, Intention, Purpose. Design has reference to something definitely aimed at. Intention points to the feelings or desires with which a thing is sought. Purpose has reference to a settled choice or determination for its attainment. "I had no design to injure you," means it was no part of my aim or object. "I had no intention to injure you," means, I had no wish or desire of that kind. "My purpose was directly the reverse," makes the case still stronger. "Is he a prudent man . . . That lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to the remaining part of his life?" (Tillotson) "I wish others the same intention, and greater successes." (Sir W. Temple) "It is the purpose that makes strong the vow." (Shak) Origin: Cf. Dessein, dessin. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Design

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Literary usage of Design

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Atlantic Monthly by Making of America Project (1860)
"These illustrations make it clear that the evidence of design from ... We infer design from certain arrangements and results ; and we have no other way of ..."

2. Report by Illinois Highway Commission (1913)
"SPECIAL FEATURES OF BRIDGE design. During the period covered by this report, ... In the design of steel superstructures, the usual methods of finding ..."

3. First Theory Book by Angela Diller (1921)
"PART ONE CHAPTER ONE Rhythmic design Rhythm is the motion of music. ... This rhythmic feeling, or Rhythmic design, may be expressed in numbers showing which ..."

4. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1908)
"In the design of alternating-current generators, motors, and transformers, the principles given in the theory of alternating currents are applied in much ..."

5. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1900)
"His first effort to adopt the Gothic in the design of a modern mansion was in Lee Priory, near Canterbury, built for Thomas Barrett. ..."

6. Mechanism by Robert McArdle Keown (1921)
"design of a Machine.—In the design of a machine there are three distinct parts to be considered: First.—The general outline is sketched without any regard ..."

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