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Meaning of design by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French designer, from Latin designare ( “to mark out, point out, describe, design, contrive” ), from de- ( or dis- ) + signare ( “to mark” ), from signum ( “mark” ) .


    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /dɪˈzaɪn/
    • ( US ) X-SAMPA: /di.zaIn/
    • Rhymes: -aɪn


    design ( plural: designs )

    1. A plan ( with more or less detail ) for the structure and functions of an artifact, building or system .
    2. A pattern, as an element of a work of art or architecture .
    3. The composition of a work of art .
    4. Intention or plot.
    5. The shape or appearance given to an object, especially one that is intended to make it more attractive .
    6. The art of designing
      Danish design of furniture is world-famous .

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    design ( third-person singular simple present designs present participle designing, simple past and past participle designed )

    1. ( obsolete ) To assign, appoint ( something to someone ); to designate. [16th-19th c.]
    2. To plan and carry out ( a picture, work of art, construction etc. ). [from 17th c.]

    External links

    • design in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • design in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • design at OneLook Dictionary Search


Explanation of design by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. intend or have as a purpose

    2. She designed to go far in the world of business
    3. plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect

    4. This room is not designed for work
    5. conceive or fashion in the mind

    6. She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day
    7. make or work out a plan for

    8. design a new sales strategy
    9. make a design of

    10. design a better mousetrap
    11. create the design for

    12. Chanel designed the famous suit
    13. create designs

    14. Dupont designs for the house of Chanel
    1. the act of working out the form of something ( as by making a sketch or outline or plan )

    2. he contributed to the design of a new instrument
    3. a decorative or artistic work

    4. the coach had a design on the doors
    5. a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something

    6. the design of a building
    7. the creation of something in the mind

    8. an arrangement scheme

    9. the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult
      it was an excellent design for living
    10. something intended as a guide for making something else

    11. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

    12. he made no secret of his designs

    Definition of design by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Design ( ?; 277 ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Designed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Designing.] [F. désigner 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. Shak.

      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; mean.

    2. Design, 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.

    3. Design 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. Locke.

      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 whole.

      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. -- 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. Temple.

      It is the purpose that makes strong the vow. Shak.