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arts of design
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Design \De*sign"\, n. [Cf. dessein, dessin.] 1. A preliminary sketch; an outline or pattern of the main features of something to be executed, as of a picture, a building, or a decoration; a delineation; a plan. [1913 Webster] 2. A plan or scheme formed in the mind of something to be done; preliminary conception; idea intended to be expressed in a visible form or carried into action; intention; purpose; -- often used in a bad sense for evil intention or purpose; scheme; plot. [1913 Webster] The vast design and purpos? of the King. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] The leaders of that assembly who withstood the designs of a besotted woman. --Hallam. [1913 Webster] A . . . settled design upon another man's life. --Locke. [1913 Webster] How little he could guess the secret designs of the court! --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. Specifically, intention or purpose as revealed or inferred from the adaptation of means to an end; as, the argument from design. [1913 Webster] 4. The realization of an inventive or decorative plan; esp., a work of decorative art considered as a new creation; conception or plan shown in completed work; as, this carved panel is a fine design, or of a fine design. [1913 Webster] 5. (Mus.) The invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole. [1913 Webster] Arts of design, those into which the designing of artistic forms and figures enters as a principal part, as architecture, painting, engraving, sculpture. School of design, one in which are taught the invention and delineation of artistic or decorative figures, patterns, and the like. Syn: Intention; purpose; scheme; project; plan; idea. Usage: Design, Intention, Purpose. Design has reference to something definitely aimed at. Intention points to the feelings or desires with which a thing is sought. Purpose has reference to a settled choice or determination for its attainment. "I had no design to injure you," means it was no part of my aim or object. "I had no intention to injure you," means, I had no wish or desire of that kind. "My purpose was directly the reverse," makes the case still stronger. [1913 Webster] Is he a prudent man . . . that lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to the remaining part of his life? --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] I wish others the same intention, and greater successes. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] It is the purpose that makes strong the vow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]