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DESIGN, v.t.[L. To seal or stamp, that is, to set or throw.]

1. To delineate a form or figure by drawing the outline; to sketch; as in painting and other works of art.

2. To plan; to form an outline or representation of any thing. Hence,

3. To project; to form in idea, as a scheme. Hence,

4. To purpose or intend; as, a man designs to write an essay, or to study law.

5. To mark out by tokens.

6. To intend to apply or appropriate; with for; as, we design this ground for a garden, and that for a park. The word design may include an adapting or planning a thing for a purpose, or mere intention or scheme of the mind, which implies a plan. The father designs his son for the profession of the law, or for the ministry. It was formerly followed by to, but this use is now uncommon.

DESIGN, n.

1. A plan or representation of a thing by an outline; sketch; general view; first idea represented by visible lines; as in painting or architecture.

2. A scheme or plan in the mind. A wise man is distinguished by the judiciousness of his designs.

3. Purpose; intention; aim; implying a scheme or plan in the mind. It is my design to educate my son for the bar.

4. The idea or scheme intended to be expressed by an artist; as the designs of medals.

5. In manufactories, the figures with which workmen enrich their stuffs, copied from painting or draughts.

6. In music, the invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole.



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DESIGN, v.t.[L. To seal or stamp, that is, to set or throw.]

1. To delineate a form or figure by drawing the outline; to sketch; as in painting and other works of art.

2. To plan; to form an outline or representation of any thing. Hence,

3. To project; to form in idea, as a scheme. Hence,

4. To purpose or intend; as, a man designs to write an essay, or to study law.

5. To mark out by tokens.

6. To intend to apply or appropriate; with for; as, we design this ground for a garden, and that for a park. The word design may include an adapting or planning a thing for a purpose, or mere intention or scheme of the mind, which implies a plan. The father designs his son for the profession of the law, or for the ministry. It was formerly followed by to, but this use is now uncommon.

DESIGN, n.

1. A plan or representation of a thing by an outline; sketch; general view; first idea represented by visible lines; as in painting or architecture.

2. A scheme or plan in the mind. A wise man is distinguished by the judiciousness of his designs.

3. Purpose; intention; aim; implying a scheme or plan in the mind. It is my design to educate my son for the bar.

4. The idea or scheme intended to be expressed by an artist; as the designs of medals.

5. In manufactories, the figures with which workmen enrich their stuffs, copied from painting or draughts.

6. In music, the invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole.

DE-SIGN', n. [Fr. dessein.]

  1. A plan or representation of a thing by an outline; sketch; general view; first idea represented by visible lines; as in painting or architecture.
  2. A scheme or plan in the mind. A wise man is distinguished by the judiciousness of his designs.
  3. Purpose; intention; aim; implying a scheme or plan in the mind. It is my design to educate my son for the bar.
  4. The idea or scheme intended to be expressed by an artist; as, the designs of medals. – Addison.
  5. In manufactories, the figures with which workmen enrich their stuffs, copied from painting or draughts. – Encyc.
  6. In music, the invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole. – Rousseau.

DE-SIGN', v.t. [desi'ne; L. designo; de and signo, to seal or stamp, that is, to set or throw; Sp. designar, diseñar; It. designare, disegnare; Fr. designer, dessiner.]

  1. To delineate a form or figure by drawing the outline; to sketch; as in painting and other works of art.
  2. To plan; to form an outline or representation of any thing. Hence,
  3. To project; to form in idea, as a scheme. Hence,
  4. To purpose or intend; as, a man designs to write an essay, or to study law.
  5. To mark out by tokens. [Not used.] – Locke.
  6. To intend to apply or appropriate; with for; as, we design this ground for a garden, and that for a park. The word design may include an adapting or planning a thing for a purpose, or mere intention or scheme of the mind, which implies a plan. The father designs his son for the profession of the law, or for the ministry. It was formerly followed by to, but this use is now uncommon.

De*sign"
  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 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. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.
  7. Specifically, intention or purpose as revealed or inferred from the adaptation of means to an end; as, the argument from design.
  8. 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.

  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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Design

DESIGN, verb transitive [Latin To seal or stamp, that is, to set or throw.]

1. To delineate a form or figure by drawing the outline; to sketch; as in painting and other works of art.

2. To plan; to form an outline or representation of any thing. Hence,

3. To project; to form in idea, as a scheme. Hence,

4. To purpose or intend; as, a man designs to write an essay, or to study law.

5. To mark out by tokens.

6. To intend to apply or appropriate; with for; as, we design this ground for a garden, and that for a park. The word design may include an adapting or planning a thing for a purpose, or mere intention or scheme of the mind, which implies a plan. The father designs his son for the profession of the law, or for the ministry. It was formerly followed by to, but this use is now uncommon.

DESIGN, noun

1. A plan or representation of a thing by an outline; sketch; general view; first idea represented by visible lines; as in painting or architecture.

2. A scheme or plan in the mind. A wise man is distinguished by the judiciousness of his designs.

3. Purpose; intention; aim; implying a scheme or plan in the mind. It is my design to educate my son for the bar.

4. The idea or scheme intended to be expressed by an artist; as the designs of medals.

5. In manufactories, the figures with which workmen enrich their stuffs, copied from painting or draughts.

6. In music, the invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole.

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