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Definitions of instrument

  1. a person used by another to gain an end Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the means whereby some act is accomplished; "my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; "science has given us new tools to fight disease" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a device that requires skill for proper use Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. address a legal document to Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. write an instrumental score for Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. That by means of which any work is performed, or result is effected; a tool; a utensil; an implement; as, the instruments of a mechanic; astronomical instruments. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A writing, as the means of giving formal expression to some act; a writing expressive of some act, contract, process, as a deed, contract, writ, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. That by which anything is accomplished; a tool; a mechanical contrivance for producing musical sounds; agent; a writing containing the terms of a contract; as, a deed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. A tool or implement. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  17. A medical tool, as the bistoury. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  18. A tool or utensil: a machine producing musical sounds: a writing containing a contract: one who or that which is made a means. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. A tool; contrivance for producing musical tones; contract in writing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. A tool; a mechanism for scientific or musical purposes. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. A legal writing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. That by which work is performed or anything effected; a tool; an agent or means employed as a tool for a purpose; a mechanical contrivance for yielding harmonious sound; a writing containing the terms of a contract, as a deed of conveyance. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. A tool; a machine; a machine for the production of musical sounds; that by which something is prepared, produced, or done; a writing containing the terms of a contract; an agent, often in an ill sense. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. That by means of which any work is performed, or result is effected; a tool; a utensil; an implement; a device; as, the instruments of a mechanic; astronomical instruments. dictgcide_fs
  25. To furnish or equip with instruments; to attach instruments to; as, the fighter planes were heavily instrumented; the patient was instrumented to monitor him remotely. dictgcide_fs
  26. in'str[=oo]-ment, n. a tool or utensil: a machine producing musical sounds: a writing containing a contract: one who, or that which, is made a means.--adj. INSTRUMENT'AL, acting as an instrument or means: serving to promote an object: helpful: belonging to or produced by musical instruments: (gram.) serving to indicate the instrument or means--of a case in Sanskrit, involving the notion of by or with.--ns. INSTRUMENT'ALIST, one who plays on a musical instrument; INSTRUMENTAL'ITY, agency.--adv. INSTRUMENT'ALLY.--n. INSTRUMENT[=A]'TION (mus.), the arrangement of a composition for performance by different instruments: the playing upon musical instruments. [O. Fr.,--L. instrumentum--instru[)e]re, to instruct.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  27. A tool, an agent. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  28. [Latin] Any mechanical appliance for facilitating the performance of an action; tool; apparatus. Hence, Instrumental, pertaining to or performed by means of an i.; as Instrumental compression of aneurysm. na
  29. Thing used in performing an action; person so made use of; tool, implement, esp. for delicate or scientific work; (also musical i.) contrivance for producing musical sounds by vibration of strings &c. (stringed &c. ii.) or of body of air in pipe &c (wind ii.); formal, esp. legal, document; (v.t.) arrange (music) for ii. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. Any mechanical appliance, tool, or apparatus. American pocket medical dictionary.
  31. A material thing designed or used for the accomplishment of some mechanical or other physical effect; a tool. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  32. n. [Latin] That by which work is performed; a tool; a utensil; an implement; -a contrivance by which musical sounds are produced; - a legal writing expressive of some act, contract, process, or proceeding; -one who or that which is made a means or serves a purpose; agent. Cabinet Dictionary
  33. A tool used for any work or purpose; a frame constructed so as to yield harmonious sounds; a writing containing any contract or order; the agent or mean of any thing; one who acts only to serve the purposes of another. Complete Dictionary
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