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 for Invention of the cross
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Invention \In*ven"tion\, n. [L. inventio: cf. F. invention. See
     Invent.]
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     1. The act of finding out or inventing; contrivance or
        construction of that which has not before existed; as, the
        invention of logarithms; the invention of the art of
        printing.
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              As the search of it [truth] is the duty, so the
              invention will be the happiness of man. --Tatham.
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     2. That which is invented; an original contrivance or
        construction; a device; as, this fable was the invention
        of Esop; that falsehood was her own invention; she
        patented five inventions.
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              We entered by the drawbridge, which has an invention
              to let one fall if not premonished.   --Evelyn.
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     3. Thought; idea. --Shak.
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     4. A fabrication to deceive; a fiction; a forgery; a
        falsehood.
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              Filling their hearers
              With strange invention.               --Shak.
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     5. The faculty of inventing; imaginative faculty; skill or
        ingenuity in contriving anything new; as, a man of
        invention.
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              They lay no less than a want of invention to his
              charge; a capital crime, . . . for a poet is a
              maker.                                --Dryden.
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     6. (Fine Arts, Rhet., etc.) The exercise of the imagination
        in selecting and treating a theme, or more commonly in
        contriving the arrangement of a piece, or the method of
        presenting its parts.
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     Invention of the cross (Eccl.), a festival celebrated May
        3d, in honor of the finding of our Savior's cross by St.
        Helena.
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