What does the word devise mean?

Usage examples for devise

  1. As it seemed, however, very improbable that the board would devise anything of the kind, Burghley expressed the belief that the country was like to continue in the Earl's government without any change whatever. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  2. Should they in their wisdom devise any other mode better calculated to accomplish the same object, it shall meet with my hearty concurrence. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various