Commentary: A plan, or a scheme of arrangement. The way things are put together.
I really like the design of this house.
It was an excellent design for living.
The seating design at the party was needlessly complicated.
Intelli-Soft has developed a keyboard with a completely new design.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2
Commentary: Refers to designing things as a long-term activity, or a skill or knowledge of designing things. Does not include any specific instance of designing or arranging.
An interior designer engages in interior design.
I went to the New York School of Design.
He specializes in web and visual design.
The engineer knew all aspects of semiconductor design.
The Museum for Architectural Design is located in London.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 7
Commentary: DESIGN[+event] Refers to a specific instance of arranging or designing things; usually interchangable with "designing". Probably not very common.
The design of a new keyboard can take months.
Send your idea to Marketing for design and implementation.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1
Commentary: A sketch made for artistic or aesthetic purposes. Not a plan for producing something. Pictures or decorations.
There was a pretty little design on the door.
I started making designs on my paper when I got bored.
The shield had designs all over it.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4
Commentary: A physical object or pattern that guides the production of a larger object. A blueprint of some sort. Often associated with architecture and fashion.
I handed him the design for the house.
The fashion designer asked me to look at some of her designs.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 6
Commentary: A goal, aim, or anticipation that guides the actions of a person.
He made no secret of his designs for world domination.
The qwerty keyboard is awkward by design.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 5