Definitions for: Design

[n] 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"
[n] a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
[n] a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something; "the design of a building"
[n] the creation of something in the mind
[n] an arrangement scheme; "the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"; "a plan for seating guests"
[n] something intended as a guide for making something else; "a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt"
[n] an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"
[v] intend or have as a purpose; "She designed to go far in the world of business"
[v] design something for a specific role or purpose or effect; "This room is not designed for work"
[v] create designs; "Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"
[v] conceive or fashion in the mind; invent; "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
[v] make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"
[v] make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum"
[v] create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner; "Chanel designed the famous suit"

Webster (1913) Definition: De*sign" (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Designed; p.
pr. & vb. n. Designing.] [F. d['e]signer to designate, cf.
F. dessiner to draw, dessin drawing, dessein a plan or
scheme; all, ultimately, from L. designare to designate; de-
+ signare to mark, mark out, signum mark, sign. See Sign,
and cf. Design, n., Designate.]
1. To draw preliminary outline or main features of; to sketch
for a pattern or model; to delineate; to trace out; to
draw. --Dryden.

2. To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to
show; to point out; to appoint.

We shall see Justice design the victor's chivalry.

Meet me to-morrow where the master And this
fraternity shall design. --Beau. & Fl.

3. To create or produce, as a work of art; to form a plan or
scheme of; to form in idea; to invent; to project; to lay
out in the mind; as, a man designs an essay, a poem, a
statue, or a cathedral.

4. To intend or purpose; -- usually with for before the
remote object, but sometimes with to.

Ask of politicians the end for which laws were
originally designed. --Burke.

He was designed to the study of the law. --Dryden.

Syn: To sketch; plan; purpose; intend; propose; project;

De*sign", v. i.
To form a design or designs; to plan.

Design for, to intend to go to. [Obs.] ``From this city she
designed for Collin [Cologne].'' --Evelyn.

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.

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.

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; 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.

5. (Mus.) The invention and conduct of the subject; the
disposition of every part, and the general order of the

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.

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.

It is the purpose that makes strong the vow.

Synonyms: aim, blueprint, conception, contrive, designing, excogitation, figure, innovation, intent, intention, invention, pattern, pattern, plan, plan, project, purpose

See Also: arrangement, bear claw, blueprint, conceive, conceptualise, conceptualize, concert, concoction, contrivance, create, create by mental act, create mentally, creating by mental acts, creativeness, creativity, cross-purpose, cut, damascene, decal, decalcomania, decoration, designate, destine, device, draft, draught, emblem, end, engineer, gestate, goal, hotel plan, idea, intend, layout, linocut, make, make up, map, map out, marking, meal plan, mean, mind, motif, organisation, organization, ornament, ornamentation, planning, polka dot, program, programme, redesign, sake, screen saver, sketch, snare, specify, study, style, system, tailor, tattoo, think, trap, view, weave, will

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