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A device was an object invented for a particular purpose. Although not a machine, a device could be a machine component performing a task.

In 2266, James T. Kirk asked Spock if an alien cube was a vessel, to which the answer was some type of device. Later, Kirk described the fictional corbomite as a device to Balok. (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver")

In 2364, Data, in the conference room; described an automobile as an "ancient Earth device, used primarily for transportation." (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

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