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

  Invention \In*ven"tion\, n. [L. inventio: cf. F. invention. See
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the creation of something in the mind [syn: invention,
           innovation, excogitation, conception, design]
      2: a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and
         experimentation [syn: invention, innovation]
      3: the act of inventing

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  178 Moby Thesaurus words for "invention":
     Nachtmusik, absolute music, adaptation, air varie, aleatory,
     aleatory music, apparition, arrangement, artifact, authorship,
     beginning, brainchild, breakthrough, bringing to light, bubble,
     canard, casual discovery, catching, chamber music,
     chamber orchestra, chance discovery, child, chimera, coinage,
     composition, conception, concoction, contraption, contrivance,
     contriving, creation, creative effort, creativeness, creativity,
     creature, crowning achievement, delirium, descant, detection,
     determination, determining, development, device, devising,
     disclosure, discovery, distillation, distinguishment, effect,
     eidolon, electronic music, end product, espial, essence, etude,
     excavation, exercise, exhumation, exposure, extract, extravaganza,
     fable, fabrication, fake, falsehood, falsification, fancy,
     fantasque, fantasy, fecundity, fertile mind, fertility, fib,
     fiction, figment, find, finding, finding out, forgery, fruit,
     gadget, generation, gizmo, hallucination, handiwork, harmonization,
     hatching, idle fancy, illusion, imagery, imagination, imagining,
     improvisation, incidental music, ingenuity, innovation,
     instrumental music, insubstantial image, introduction,
     inventiveness, issue, leap, lie, locating, location, lucky strike,
     maggot, make-believe, making do, manufacture, masterpiece,
     masterwork, mintage, myth, neologism, new mintage, new phase,
     nocturne, novelty, offspring, opera, opus, opuscule, orchestration,
     original, originality, origination, outcome, outgrowth, phantasm,
     phantom, piece, pregnant imagination, prevarication, product,
     production, productivity, program music, prolificacy, recognition,
     rediscovery, result, revelation, ricercar, romance, score,
     serendipity, sham, sick fancy, sonata, sonatina, spotting, story,
     strike, string orchestra, string quartet, study, tale, tall story,
     tall tale, teeming imagination, theme and variations,
     thick-coming fancies, treasure trove, trio, trip, trouvaille,
     trove, uncovering, unearthing, vapor, variation, vision, whim,
     whimsy, wildest dreams, work, yarn

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INVENTION. A contrivance; a discovery. It is in this sense this word is used 
  in the patent laws of the United States. 17 Pet. 228; S. C. 1 How. U. S. 
  202. It signifies not something which has been found ready made, but 
  something which, in consequence of art or accident, has been formed; for the 
  invention must relate to some new or useful art, machine, manufacture, or 
  composition of matter, not before known or used by others. Act of July 4, 
  1836, 4 Sharsw. continuation of Story's L. U.S. 2506; 1 Mason, R. 302; 4 
  Wash. C. C. R. 9. Vide Patent. By invention, the civilians understand the 
  finding of some things which had not been lost; they must either have 
  abandoned, or they must have never belonged to any one, as a pearl found on 
  the sea shore. Lec. Elem Sec.  350. 

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