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ingenious
used in Gulliver's Travels

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showing cleverness and originality
  • This man was a most ingenious artist, and according to my direction, in three weeks finished for me a wooden chamber of sixteen feet square, and twelve high, with sash-windows, a door, and two closets, like a London bed-chamber.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (33% in)
  • They found by my eating that a small quantity would not suffice me; and being a most ingenious people, they slung up, with great dexterity, one of their largest hogsheads, then rolled it towards my hand, and beat out the top; I drank it off at a draught, which I might well do, for it did not hold half a pint, and tasted like a small wine of Burgundy, but much more delicious.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (9% in)
  • I took up twenty waiters in my hand, and placed them on the table: a hundred more attended below on the ground, some with dishes of meat, and some with barrels of wine and other liquors slung on their shoulders; all which the waiters above drew up, as I wanted, in a very ingenious manner, by certain cords, as we draw the bucket up a well in Europe.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (74% in)
  • The king, although he be as learned a person as any in his dominions, had been educated in the study of philosophy, and particularly mathematics; yet when he observed my shape exactly, and saw me walk erect, before I began to speak, conceived I might be a piece of clock-work (which is in that country arrived to a very great perfection) contrived by some ingenious artist.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (30% in)
  • The fellow was an ingenious workman, and by my instructions, in ten days, finished a pleasure-boat with all its tackling, able conveniently to hold eight Europeans.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (55% in)
  • There was a most ingenious architect, who had contrived a new method for building houses, by beginning at the roof, and working downward to the foundation; which he justified to me, by the like practice of those two prudent insects, the bee and the spider.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (42% in)
  • There was a most ingenious doctor, who seemed to be perfectly versed in the whole nature and system of government.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (52% in)
  • For nature (as the physicians allege) having intended the superior anterior orifice only for the intromission of solids and liquids, and the inferior posterior for ejection, these artists ingeniously considering that in all diseases nature is forced out of her seat, therefore, to replace her in it, the body must be treated in a manner directly contrary, by interchanging the use of each orifice; forcing solids and liquids in at the anus, and making evacuations at the mouth.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (43% in)

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