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: 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: plan
3: something intended as a guide for making something else; "a
blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt" [syn: blueprint
4: a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on
the doors" [syn: pattern
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
6: a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something; "the
design of a building"
7: the creation of something in the mind [syn: invention
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
2: design 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: 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"