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Definition of design:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Specifically, intention or purpose as revealed or inferred from the adaptation of means to an end; as, the argument from design.
  4. The invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole.
  5. The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. To draw preliminary outline or main features of; to sketch for a pattern or model; to delineate; to trace out; to draw.
  9. To form a design or designs; to plan.
  10. To intend or purpose; - usually with for before the remote object, but sometimes with to.
  11. To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to show; to point out; to appoint.

Synonyms:

flesh, throw, aim, foundation, lay, approach pattern, externalise, treatment, work out, visualise, trope, designing, function, founding, radiation diagram, drawing, delineation, blueprint, fancy, figure, composition, mind, material body, initiation, aspiration, draft, project, public figure, physique, perspective, see, traffic pattern, conception, jumble, device, jut, excogitate, study, purposely, radiation pattern, practice, heading, sketch, map, visualize, name, prototype, tendency, layout, role, objective, protrude, goal, dope out, end, human body, stick out, deliberately, purport, use, bod, programme, set out, innovation, construct, lay out, tracery, digit, rule, introduction, excogitation, fig, planned, invention, anatomy, determination, depiction, convention, bearing, picture, creation, spirit, formulate, motif, diagram, forge, tracing, intent, instauration, plan, configuration, mean, intention, origination, confusion, chassis, number, institution, send off, jut out, normal, contrive, strategize, figure of speech, target, object, architectural plan, formula, mark, be after, purpose, physical body, soma, build, endeavor, inclination, pattern, externalize, outline, with intent.

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