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. The vast design and purpos of the king. (Tennyson) The leaders of that assembly who withstood the designs of a besotted woman. (Hallam) A . . . Settled design upon another man's life. (Locke) How little he could guess the secret designs of the court! (Macaulay)
4. The realization of an inventive or decorative plan; especially, 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.
5. The invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole. 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 artisti a88 c or decorative figures, patterns, and the like.
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. Is he a prudent man . . . That lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to the remaining part of his life? (Tillotson) I wish others the same intention, and greater successes. (Sir W. Temple) It is the purpose that makes strong the vow. (Shak)
Origin: cf. Dessein, dessin.