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NOUN (7)

1. the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan);
- Example: "he contributed to the design of a new instrument"
[syn: design, designing]

2. an arrangement scheme;
- Example: "the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"
- Example: "it was an excellent design for living"
- Example: "a plan for seating guests"
[syn: design, plan]

3. something intended as a guide for making something else;
- Example: "a blueprint for a house"
- Example: "a pattern for a skirt"
[syn: blueprint, design, pattern]

4. a decorative or artistic work;
- Example: "the coach had a design on the doors"
[syn: design, pattern, figure]

5. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions;
- Example: "his intent was to provide a new translation"
- Example: "good intentions are not enough"
- Example: "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"
- Example: "he made no secret of his designs"
[syn: purpose, intent, intention, aim, design]

6. a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something;
- Example: "the design of a building"

7. the creation of something in the mind;
[syn: invention, innovation, excogitation, conception, design]


VERB (7)

1. make or work out a plan for; devise;
- Example: "They contrived to murder their boss"
- Example: "design a new sales strategy"
- Example: "plan an attack"
[syn: plan, project, contrive, design]

2. plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect;
- Example: "This room is not designed for work"

3. create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner;
- Example: "Chanel designed the famous suit"

4. make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form;
- Example: "design a better mousetrap"
- Example: "plan the new wing of the museum"
[syn: design, plan]

5. create designs;
- Example: "Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"

6. conceive or fashion in the mind; invent;
- Example: "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"

7. intend or have as a purpose;
- Example: "She designed to go far in the world of business"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Design \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. [1913 Webster] 2. To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to show; to point out; to appoint. [1913 Webster] We shall see Justice design the victor's chivalry. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Meet me to-morrow where the master And this fraternity shall design. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 4. To intend or purpose; -- usually with for before the remote object, but sometimes with to. [1913 Webster] Ask of politicians the end for which laws were originally designed. --Burke. [1913 Webster] He was designed to the study of the law. --Dryden. Syn: To sketch; plan; purpose; intend; propose; project; mean. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Design \De*sign"\, v. i. To form a design or designs; to plan. [1913 Webster] Design for, to intend to go to. [Obs.] "From this city she designed for Collin [Cologne]." --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Design \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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The vast design and purpos? of the King. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] The leaders of that assembly who withstood the designs of a besotted woman. --Hallam. [1913 Webster] A . . . settled design upon another man's life. --Locke. [1913 Webster] How little he could guess the secret designs of the court! --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. Specifically, intention or purpose as revealed or inferred from the adaptation of means to an end; as, the argument from design. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. (Mus.) The invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Is he a prudent man . . . that lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to the remaining part of his life? --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] I wish others the same intention, and greater successes. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] It is the purpose that makes strong the vow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

design n 1: 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" [syn: design, designing] 2: an arrangement scheme; "the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"; "a plan for seating guests" [syn: design, plan] 3: something intended as a guide for making something else; "a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt" [syn: blueprint, design, pattern] 4: a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors" [syn: design, pattern, figure] 5: 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" [syn: purpose, intent, intention, aim, design] 6: a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something; "the design of a building" 7: the creation of something in the mind [syn: invention, innovation, excogitation, conception, design] v 1: make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack" [syn: plan, project, contrive, design] 2: plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect; "This room is not designed for work" 3: create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner; "Chanel designed the famous suit" 4: make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum" [syn: design, plan] 5: create designs; "Dupont designs for the house of Chanel" 6: conceive or fashion in the mind; invent; "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day" 7: intend or have as a purpose; "She designed to go far in the world of business"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

438 Moby Thesaurus words for "design": abstract art, action, aim, aim at, ambition, anagnorisis, angle, animus, approach, architectonics, architecture, argument, arrange, arrangement, art, art form, art object, artful dodge, artifice, artist, arts and crafts, arts of design, aspiration, aspire after, aspire to, atmosphere, attack, background, background detail, bag of tricks, balance, be after, beget, black and white, blind, blueprint, blueprinting, bluff, bosey, brainchild, breed, bric-a-brac, bring forth, bring into being, brouillon, brushwork, cabal, calculate, calculation, call into being, calligraphy, canon form, cartoon, cast, catastrophe, catch, cave art, ceramics, chalk, characterization, charcoal, charcoal drawing, chart, charting, chiaroscuro, chicanery, chouse, classic, coin, color, complication, composition, conation, conceive, conception, concert, concoct, configuration, connivance, conniving, conspiracy, constitution, construct, construction, contemplate, continuity, contrivance, contrive, cook up, copy, counsel, coup, craft, crayon, create, creation, crosshatch, curve, curve-ball, cut out, cute trick, dash off, daub, deceit, decoration, decorative composition, decorative style, deliberation, delineate, delineation, denouement, depict, desideration, desideratum, designing, designs, desire, destine, detail, determination, determine, develop, development, device, devise, diagram, dirty deal, dirty trick, disposition, dodge, doodle, dope out, draft, draftsmanship, draw, draw up, drawing, dream up, drive at, ebauche, effect, elevation, engender, engraving, enterprise, envisage, envisagement, envision, episode, esquisse, etching, evil intent, evolve, expedient, fable, fabricate, fakement, falling action, fashion, fast deal, feint, fetch, ficelle, figure, figuring, fine arts, fixed purpose, foil, folk art, forecast, foreground detail, foresight, forethought, forge, form, format, formation, frame, fugue form, function, gambit, game, game plan, generate, gimmick, give being to, give rise to, go for, goal, googly, graph, graphic arts, graphing, grift, grotesque, ground plan, grouping, guidelines, harbor a design, hatch, have every intention, hocus-pocus, house plan, ichnography, idea, improvise, incident, intend, intendment, intent, intention, intrigue, invent, invention, joker, juggle, jugglery, kitsch, knavery, lay out, lay plans, layout, lied form, limn, line, line drawing, lineup, little game, local color, long-range plan, machination, make, make a projection, make arrangements, make do with, make up, maneuver, manipulation, map, map out, mapping, master, master plan, masterpiece, masterwork, mature, mean, meaning, method, methodize, methodology, mind, mint, mobile, model, mood, motif, motive, mould, move, movement, museum piece, mythos, national style, nisus, nude, object, objective, old master, operations research, organization, organize, originate, ornamental motif, outline, paint, paint a picture, painterliness, pass, pastel, pasticcio, pastiche, pattern, pen-and-ink, pencil, pencil drawing, period style, peripeteia, perspective, photography, picture, picturize, piece, piece of virtu, plan, plan ahead, planning, planning function, plastic art, plot, ploy, point, portray, prearrange, prearrangement, primary form, primitive art, procedure, procreate, produce, profile, program, program of action, project, projection, proposal, propose, prospectus, prototype, purport, purpose, racket, rationalization, rationalize, recognition, red herring, reflection, repeated figure, resolution, resolve, rising action, rondo form, rough, rough copy, rough draft, rough outline, ruse, sake, schedule, schema, schematism, schematization, schematize, scheme, scheme of arrangement, scratch, sculpture, scumble, scurvy trick, secondary plot, set out, set up, setting, setup, shade, shading, shadow, shape, shift, silhouette, silver-print drawing, sinopia, skeleton, sketch, sketch out, slant, sleight, sleight of hand, sleight-of-hand trick, sonata allegro, sonata form, spawn, stabile, statue, stencil, still life, story, stratagem, strategic plan, strategy, strike out, striving, structure, study, style, subject, subplot, subterfuge, switch, symphonic form, system, systematization, systematize, table, tactic, tactical plan, tactics, target, technique, the arts, the big picture, the picture, thematic development, theme, think, think of, think out, think up, thinking, thought, tint, toccata form, tone, topic, touch, trace, tracing, treatment, trick, trickery, twist, undertaking, values, view, vignette, virtu, visualize, volition, way, wile, will, wily device, work, work of art, work out, work up, working drawing, working plan
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

design The approach that engineering (and some other) disciplines use to specify how to create or do something. A successful design must satisfies a (perhaps informal) functional specification (do what it was designed to do); conforms to the limitations of the target medium (it is possible to implement); meets implicit or explicit requirements on performance and resource usage (it is efficient enough). A design may also have to satisfy restrictions on the design process itself, such as its length or cost, or the tools available for doing the design. In the software life-cycle, design follows requirements analysis and is followed by implementation. ["Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications", 2nd ed., Grady Booch]. (1996-12-08)