In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(device)artilugio masculineaparato masculineartefacto masculine
- It was a bunch of people who got together to try to nut out a problem, or to think about a problem, and I think to say what they came up with is a contrivance merely to serve the interests of organ donation is unfair.
- It seems a contrivance, a gimmick designed to get attention, which it does.
- Lily and her younger, single sister, Judy, find themselves awkwardly back on equal footing, and, in the series' one contrivance, Lily's best friend, Naomi, also happens to be good friends with Karen.
- Indeed, the handshake has permeated our culture, our etiquette, our daily lives, to become perhaps our most important non-verbal communicative contrivance.
- Even if you look past some of the unbelievable contrivances of this portrayal of the U. S. judicial system and just basic common sense, there's nothing that really stands out in this movie.
- Its pulsing inventiveness charges the most absurd contrivances with life, just as opera should.
- But possession breeds use as every apprentice office equipment salesman knows full well, and the contrivance that was unwanted yesterday becomes indispensable today.
- They don't romanticize the instrument's folk origins or go in for New Age contrivances.
- A developmentally challenged Italian teenager goes to Berlin with the father he's never met (the film's sole contrivance - wouldn't his guardians come along?) for medical tests.
- And then it ends in sexy hilarity with some clever contrivance I haven't thought of yet.
- The word ‘artillery’ at this time still referred to any mechanical contrivances and members of the group were primarily archers at first.
- Radio stations need you glued to the seat long enough to hear about the latest contrivance you have to own or the drug you have to take or the movie you have to see.
- Rachel's investigation is a follow-the-dots exercise in coincidence and contrivance, like a gothic version of bad Agatha Christie.
- He held his breath a moment but nothing happened, so he then experimented with some of the contrivance's controls, discovering that one could cause portions of the wings and the tail to flap somewhat.
- Further plot contrivances abound, including a gunshot wound that Michael simply shrugs off, all the priest's suspicions about Angela inexplicably dropped, and an illogical and ham-fisted final twist.
- It's so well done, in fact, that it takes you about 10 minutes to go blind to the whole contrivance.
- All of them had various handy contrivances devised by their owner which saved toil.
- His life seemed a contrivance, a bureaucratic invention.
- His carefully-constructed contrivance was about to unravel.
- Parts seemed unnecessarily padded, and there was a lot of contrivance in dialogue.
- Fox clearly believes that most of us would be better off with fewer mechanical contrivances in our lives, and she applauds and admires those who have gone cold turkey on technology.
- It is this that enables him to captivate the reader without recourse to melodrama, to luxuriate in language without falling into self-indulgence, and to weave the novel's numerous threads together without a hint of jarring contrivance.
- Where Paley compared the design of the eye with the design of the telescope, Darwin explained how such contrivances arose by natural selection, without the intervention of a divine contriver.
- It's a flimsy effort, but oddly, to me, so much more real than anything I've put on this here digital contrivance.
- A man who buys a television set thereby gives evidence to the effect that he thinks that the possession of this contrivance will increase his well-being and make him more content than he was without it.
- The overall storyline is slight, and relies on at least one significant contrivance, but the movie offers enough in the way of small pleasures to be worth a recommendation, provided you enjoy this kind of low-key drama.
- It would have been nice to know if there really was such a thing in the areas that Britain colonized or if it was merely a fictional contrivance of the writer.
- A big part of it has to do with lame plot contrivances that slow the movie down rather than speeding it up.
- And, as an added insult, the resolution relies upon a difficult-to-swallow contrivance.
- One has waited in vain for a comparable exhibition there, only to be disappointed by a scattering of shallow displays, rich in contrivance and sparse in substance.
- Successful navigation was almost entirely due to the skill of the crew as opposed to any man-made contrivance.
- There has been a good balance of comic contrivance with soap-opera storylines.
- But the essence of the film - a meditation on gender differences and the fluidity of sexuality merged with a romance - is the film-makers' contrivance.
- Neither contrivance serves much purpose story-wise, other than to advance time and create tension during commercial breaks.
- They work, they may even work admirably well, but there is no sense that these contrivances are the result of an omnipotent designer.
- The term 'robot' came into popular use after 1923 to delineate either mechanical contrivances so ingenious as to be almost human, or workers whom repetitive work was reducing to machines.
- Such tongue in cheek contrivances are, no doubt, designed to be appealing, yet they eventually serve to diminish the enjoyment of proceedings, and merely highlight the fact that the film is too long for its own good.
- The journal worried that the ‘necessity for courage and strategy may be in some degree superseded by mechanical and chemical contrivances.’
2(artifice, stratagem)artimaña femininetreta feminine
- And any reader who had imagined that her helter-skelter style was actually the product of careful contrivance will here be disabused.
- It takes staggeringly good writing, assured direction, and note-perfect performances to pull off this kind of thing without leaving the audience laughing in disbelief at the tired contrivance of it all.
- But this exercise reeks of contrivance and even desperation.
- His lyrics are incisive and true without self-consciousness or contrivance, yet tackle subject matter as diverse as socio-political commentary to lovelorn heartbreak as skilfully as the best in the genre.
- But there is really nothing of contrivance about it.
- To the extent that our present structures - while the product essentially of John Hume's contrivance - were put into place by Americans, I think it is proper that we Americans take another hit for this situation.
- But for a straightforward and practical English girl like herself it was nothing more than a maddening, pointless contrivance that reflected an attitude that was at once phony, deceitful and manipulative.
- This, perhaps, would have been nearly the state of the question, if nothing had been before us but an unorganized, unmechanized substance, without mark or indication of contrivance.
- But her work is very much about contrivance and artificiality.
- In our scheme of things it matters not, or it is of no import, whether the people intervene by accident of fate or by way of contrivance.
- Coincidence and contrivance have played a significant role in your work.
- The minds which made the machines, which organized factories and solved the problems of supply and distribution - and did so under high competitive pressure - received an indelible training in practical contrivance.
- Through the insidious contrivance called inflation, they could effectively transfer a portion of the oil fortune into their coffers.
- Although many connect the word with a quiet life of withdrawal, I need a word to designate those times when we sense that a life is being lived well, that a conviction is held honestly, without contrivance.
- It's where I find ideas coming to mind in an uncluttered, unhurried way, without pressure or contrivance.
- A master at work, he commands the screen with an effortless ease and a complete lack of artifice or contrivance.
- This contrivance has aesthetic consequences or is associated with aesthetic shortcomings.
- It's a surprisingly open statement from a man with the mien of a detached observer, but the band were always about contradictions: irony and sincerity, artful contrivance and warmth, jittery neurosis and celebratory groove.
- Remarkably, after so much contrivance, the overall esthetic is relaxed and spontaneous, largely because he intercedes with a few gestural strokes of white paint here and there to unify the varied linear elements and textures.
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