What does the word contrivance mean?

Usage examples for contrivance

  1. It is a stale contrivance, to get the people into a passion, in order to make them sacrifice their liberty. – Essays on the Constitution of the United States by Paul Leicester Ford
  2. For the sake of comparison with other parts of the world, this simple contrivance is worth a few lines of description. – Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before by George Turner
  3. Lord Mountclere rushed forward to meet her, and such was her contrivance that he noticed no change. – The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy