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INVENTION. A contrivance; a discovery. It is in this sense this word is used in the patent laws of the United States. 17 Pet. 228; S. C. 1 How. U. S. 202. It signifies not something which has been found ready made, but something which, in consequence of art or accident, has been formed; for the invention must relate to some new or useful art, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, not before known or used by others. Act of July 4, 1836, 4 Sharsw. continuation of Story's L. U.S. 2506; 1 Mason, R. 302; 4 Wash. C. C. R. 9. Vide Patent. By invention, the civilians understand the finding of some things which had not been lost; they must either have abandoned, or they must have never belonged to any one, as a pearl found on the sea shore. Lec. Elem Sec. 350.

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A second developmental theme evident in the content of the children's orally invented stories was that at around third grade children began to consider peers, rather than parents, as their primary social contacts.
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* Oliver Evans (1775-1819) -- He invented a high-pressure steam engine, which advanced transportation propelling steamboats up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
In mid-1537, while under a form of house-arrest at Windsor, Surrey invented the English sonnet form and heroic quatrain when he wrote of his sense of loss in Fitzroy's death and England's loss in the decay of its aristocracy.
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Not only are the systems they invented remarkably similar to those of our recent past, but their obsession with preserving records of their own times provides us with an invaluable source of information about life in the ancient world.
the radical of 'Is it raining?' denotes the proposition that it is raining; the radical of 'Which man invented the hot dog?' has a denotation something like [[lambda] x invented the hot dog].)
When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, many "experts" thought it had no commercial use.
Most choreographers invent themselves, but choreography itself invented Taylor.
invented patents which, in turn have a half-year to a year shorter cycle time than European-invented patents.