Definitions of instrument

  1. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. address a legal document to Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. write an instrumental score for Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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
  5. a device that requires skill for proper use Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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
  11. One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. A tool; contrivance for producing musical tones; contract in writing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. A tool; a mechanism for scientific or musical purposes. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A legal writing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.

Usage examples for instrument

  1. But I am only an instrument not the original cause. – The White Squaw by Mayne Reid
  2. The instant they were placed, and Kate had gone to the instrument and struck off a bar or two- ah! – Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1. by Samuel Warren