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 for Arts of design
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Design \De*sign"\, n. [Cf. dessein, dessin.]
     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.
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     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.
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              The vast design and purpos? of the King. --Tennyson.
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              The leaders of that assembly who withstood the
              designs of a besotted woman.          --Hallam.
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              A . . . settled design upon another man's life.
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              How little he could guess the secret designs of the
              court!                                --Macaulay.
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     3. Specifically, intention or purpose as revealed or inferred
        from the adaptation of means to an end; as, the argument
        from design.
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     4. The realization of an inventive or decorative plan; esp.,
        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.
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     5. (Mus.) The invention and conduct of the subject; the
        disposition of every part, and the general order of the
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     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.
     Syn: Intention; purpose; scheme; project; plan; idea.
     Usage: 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.
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                  Is he a prudent man . . . that lays designs only
                  for a day, without any prospect to the remaining
                  part of his life?                 --Tillotson.
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                  I wish others the same intention, and greater
                  successes.                        --Sir W.
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                  It is the purpose that makes strong the vow.
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