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instrument meaning

EN[ˈɪnstɹʊmənt]
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WInstrument
  • Instrument may refer to:
  • Instrument (film), a documentary of the band Fugazi, directed by Jem Cohen
  • Instruments (application), a performance visualizer
FR instrument

    Definition of instrument in English Dictionary

  • NounPLinstrumentsSUF-ment
    1. A device used to produce music.
      1. The violinist was a master of her instrument.
    2. A means or agency for achieving an effect.
      1. “There the cause of death was soon ascertained ; the victim of this daring outrage had been stabbed to death from ear to ear with a long, sharp instrument, in shape like an antique stiletto, which […] was subsequently found under the cushions of the hansom. […]”
    3. A measuring or displaying device.
      1. The instrument detected an increase in radioactivity.
    4. A tool, implement used for manipulation or measurement.
      1. The dentist set down his tray of instruments. The scientist recorded the temperature with a thermometer but wished he had a more accurate instrument."
    5. (law) A legal document, such as a contract, deed, trust, mortgage, power, indenture, or will.
      1. A bond indenture is the instrument that gives a bond its value.
      2. Negotiable instruments are the foundation of the debt markets.
    6. (figuratively) A person used as a mere tool for achieving a goal.
    7. VerbSGinstrumentsPRinstrumentingPT, PPinstrumented
      1. VT To apply measuring devices.
        1. VT To devise, conceive, cook up, plan.
          1. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument.
            1. a sonata instrumented for orchestra
        2. More Examples
          1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
            • The zitherns and mandolins have forms to match their pretty names, but the soul of the musical instrument abides elsewhere than in its body, and informs it only to the ear.
            • Such ambiguity riled Russia's foreign space partners, who were torn between asking IKI to refly Mars '96 with backup instruments or to pull the plug on the mission. "
            • The human voice is the oldest musical instrument in history.
          2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
            • To increase the understanding of what the mouth of a yidaki player is actually doing, Hollenberg organised to have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans done of him playing the instrument.
            • While this is longer it is both clearer to understand and to implement as a webform where the user will select an instrument.
            • The byproducts of our study are a strategy to improve the change and project management in intersectoral collaboration and a large repertoire of managerial working methods and instruments.
        • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
          1. Nouns
            • Countable nouns
            • Verbs
              • Transitive verbs
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            Meaning of instrument for the defined word.

            Grammatically, this word "instrument" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, a transitive verb.
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