Device vs Poke - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between device and poke

is that device is any piece of equipment made for a particular purpose, especially a mechanical or electrical one while poke is (us|slang) a lazy person; a dawdler or poke can be (computing) the storage of a value in a memory address, typically to modify the behaviour of a program or to cheat at a video game or poke can be or poke can be (dialectal) pokeweed.

As a verb poke is

to prod or jab with a pointed object such as a finger or a stick.




(en noun)
  • Any piece of equipment made for a particular purpose, especially a mechanical or electrical one.
  • * 1949 . Geneva Convention on Road Traffic
  • Every cycle shall be equipped with: [...] (b) an audible warning device consisting of a bell [...]
  • * {{quote-magazine, title=A better waterworks, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838
  • , page=5 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.}}
  • A project or scheme, often designed to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.
  • *
  • His device is against Babylon, to destroy it.
  • *
  • He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
  • * 1827 Hallam, Henry, , Harper
  • Their recent device of demanding benevolences.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03, author=
  • , title=Pixels or Perish, volume=100, issue=2, page=106 , magazine= citation , passage=Drawings and pictures are more than mere ornaments in scientific discourse. Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure, astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story.}}
  • (rhetoric) A technique that an author or speaker uses to evoke an emotional response in the audience; a rhetorical device .
  • (senseid)(heraldry) A motto, emblem, or other mark used to distinguish the bearer from others. A device differs from a badge or cognizance primarily because as it is a personal distinction, and not a badge borne by members of the same house successively.
  • * 1736 . O'Callaghan, Edmund Bailey. The Documentary History of the State of New York .
  • The devices of these savages are the serpent, the Deer, and the Small Acorn.
  • (archaic) Power of devising; invention; contrivance.
  • * 1824 . Landor, Walter Savage "King Henry IV and Sir Arnold Savage" from Imaginary Conversations of Literary Men and Statesmen , page 44
  • Moreover I must have instruments of mine own device , weighty, and exceeding costly
  • * 1976 . The Eagles, "Hotel California"
  • And she said,
    "We are all prisoners here,
    Of our own device "
  • (legal) An image used in whole or in part as a trademark or service mark.
  • (printing) An image or logo denoting official or proprietary authority or provenience.
  • * 1943 United States Post Office Department. A Description of United States Postage Stamps / Issued by the Post Office Department from July 1, 1847, to April 1, 1945 [sic] , USGPO, Washington, p1:
  • Prior to the issuance of the first stamps, letters accepted by postmasters for dispatch were marked "Paid" by means of pen and ink or hand stamps of various designs. [...] To facilitate the handling of mail matter, some postmasters provided special stamps or devices for use on letters as evidence of the prepayment of postage.
  • (obsolete) A spectacle or show.
  • (Beaumont and Fletcher)
  • (obsolete) Opinion; decision.
  • Synonyms

    * (piece of equipment) apparatus, appliance, equipment, gadget, design, contrivance * (project or scheme) scheme, project, stratagem, artifice * invention, contrivance

    Derived terms

    * biodevice * device driver * electronic device * framing device * intrauterine device * literary device * nondevice * peripheral device



    Etymology 1

    Perhaps from (etyl) poken or (etyl) poken (both from (etyl) ), perhaps imitative.


  • To prod or jab with a pointed object such as a finger or a stick.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Sam Sheringham , title=Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Ward showed good pace to beat the advancing Reina to the ball and poke a low finish into the corner.}}
  • To poke a fire to remove ash or promote burning.
  • (figuratively) To rummage as in to poke about in.
  • (computing) To modify the value stored in (a memory address).
  • * 1984 , Franco Frey, SPECGRAFFITI'' (in ''Crash magazine, issue 6, July 1984)
  • The 200 UDGs may be used either by paging between 10 sets of 20 UDGs or, alternatively, by displaying 96 different characters by poking the system variable CHARS with 256 less than the starting address of your graphics.
  • * 1985 , Tom Weishaar, Bert Kersey, The DOStalk Scrapbook (page 44)
  • If you try to poke a value outside this range into a byte, Basic will beep you with an ILLEGAL QUANTITY error.
  • To put a poke on.
  • to poke an ox
  • To thrust with the horns; to gore.
  • (informal, internet) To notify.
  • (label) To thrust (something) in a particular direction such as the tongue.
  • Derived terms
    {{der3, poke along , poke bonnet , poke box , poke fun , toepoke}}


    (en noun)
  • (US, slang) A lazy person; a dawdler.
  • (US, slang) A stupid or uninteresting person.
  • (Bartlett)
  • (US) A device to prevent an animal from leaping or breaking through fences, consisting of a yoke with a pole inserted, pointed forward.
  • (computing) The storage of a value in a memory address, typically to modify the behaviour of a program or to cheat at a video game.
  • * 1988 , "Lloyd Mangram", Forum'' (in ''Crash magazine issue 54, July 1988)
  • Perhaps all those super hackers who so regularly produce infinite lives etc. could produce pokes to be used by 128K users.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) poke, whence pocket


    (en noun)
  • * c. 1386 , , The Canterbury Tales'', ''The Miller's Prologue and Tale :
  • Gerveys answerde, “Certes, were it gold,
    Or in a poke nobles alle untold,
    Thou sholdest have, as I am trewe smyth.
  • * c. 1599 , , As You Like It , act 2, scene 7:
  • And then he drew a dial from his poke ,
    And, looking on it with lack-lustre eye,
    Says very wisely, ‘It is ten o'clock…’
  • * 1605 , , Remaines Concerning Brittaine'', 1629 edition, ''Proverbes , page 276:
  • When the Pig is proffered, hold vp the poke .
  • * 1627 , , Minor Poems of Michael Drayton'', 1907 edition, poem ''Nimphidia :
  • And suddainly vntyes the Poke ,
    Which out of it sent such a smoke,
    As ready was them all to choke,
    So greeuous was the pother [...].
  • * 1814 , September 4, The Examiner'', volume 13, number 349, article ''French Fashions , page 573:
  • … and as to shape , a nightmare has as much. Under the poke and the muff-box, the face sometimes entirely disappears …
  • * 1946 , Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues , Payback Press 1999, p. 91:
  • In the summertime they'd reach out and snatch your straw hat right off your head, and if you were fool enough to go after it your poke was bound to be lighter when you came out.
  • * 2008 , (James Kelman), Kieron Smith, Boy , Penguin 2009, p. 138:
  • She did not eat blood-oranges. Her maw gived her one in a poke and she was going to throw it in the bin, Oh it is all black.
  • A long, wide sleeve; a poke sleeve.
  • (Scotland, Northern Ireland) An ice cream cone.
  • Derived terms
    * buy a pig in a poke * pocket

    Etymology 3

    Either a shortening of, or from the same source as, (quod vide).


    (en noun)
  • (dialectal) Pokeweed.
  • Synonyms

    * see the list at (pokeweed)