'Ingenious' definitions:

Definition of 'ingenious'

(from WordNet)
Showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem" [syn: clever, cunning, ingenious]

Definition of 'Ingenious'

  • Ingenious \In*gen"ious\, a. [L. ingeniosus, fr. ingenium innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius: cf. F. ing['e]nieux. See Engine.]
  • 1. Possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic. [1913 Webster]
  • A man . . . very wise and ingenious in feats of war. --Hakluyt. [1913 Webster]
  • Thou, king, send out For torturers ingenious. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
  • The more ingenious men are, the more apt are they to trouble themselves. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. Proceeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by, genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc. [1913 Webster]
  • Thus men go wrong with an ingenious skill. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]
  • 3. Witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply. [1913 Webster]
  • 4. Mental; intellectual. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
  • A course of learning and ingenious studies. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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