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crab1 a mechanical contrivance for lifting or hauling heavy objects. [1/8 definitions]
deus ex machina god from a machine (Latin); in ancient Greek drama, a god brought in by a mechanical contrivance to resolve a plot or complicated situation. [1/2 definitions]
expedient a means used in an emergency, and not necessarily the best one that could be used; contrivance. [1/4 definitions]
lamplighter any contrivance, such as a wood splinter or roll of paper, that is used to light lamps. [1/2 definitions]
shebang (informal) an occasion, situation, organization, contrivance, or the like, considered as a whole.