Word of the Day: devise

devise di-ˈvīz verb and noun

verb: arrange by systematic planning and united effort

verb: come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

verb: give by will, especially real property

noun: (law) a gift of real property by will

noun: a will disposing of real property

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The word devise has appeared in 114 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 15 in “A Manifesto for Loving the Darkness, and Not Metaphorically” by Lisa Abend:

When Eklöf, who also runs a consultancy that includes advising companies and governments on how to minimize their light pollution footprint, began doing research for “The Darkness Manifesto,” the diverse impacts of light pollution had yet to be extensively studied. The book was published in Sweden in 2020, and over the past couple of years, the subject has exploded, he said. “And with every species studied, you find that light has some effects,” he said. “They are all interrelated too, so it threatens the whole system.”

… Eklöf himself has expanded his consultancy to include advising on how to reduce light pollution. Last summer, he worked with one Swedish municipality to devise a lighting system for forest trails that would be more animal friendly. They used red lights, he said, and found the same number of light-sensitive species before and after the lights went in. “It’s a good indication that this might be a way forward.”

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