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Definitions of instrumental

  1. serving or acting as a means or aid; "instrumental in solving the crime" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. relating to or designed for or performed on musical instruments; "instrumental compositions"; "an instrumental ensemble" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Helpful. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. Acting as an instrument; serving as a means; contributing to promote; conductive; helpful; serviceable; as, he was instrumental in conducting the business. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Pertaining to, made by, or prepared for, an instrument, esp. a musical instrument; as, instrumental music, distinguished from vocal music. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Applied to a case expressing means or agency; as, the instrumental case. This is found in Sanskrit as a separate case, but in Greek it was merged into the dative, and in Latin into the ablative. In Old English it was a separate case, but has disappeared, leaving only a few anomalous forms. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Pertaining to, or done by, an instrument; helping to bring about some end; helpful. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Instrumentally. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Done by the aid of mechanical appliances. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  10. Acting as an instrument or means: serving to promote an object: helpful: belonging to or produced by musical instruments. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Acting as an instrument; conducive; produced by instruments. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. Instrumentality. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Fitted for or played upon musical instruments. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Conducive, as an instrument or means, to some end; pertaining to music arising from instruments, as instrumental music. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Pert. to an instrument; serving to promote or effect some object; not vocal, as instrumental music. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Serving as instrument or means (to purpose, in work, in doing); of, arising from, an instrument, as i. errors; (of music) performed on instruments (cf. VOCAL), whence instrumentalist (3) n.; (Gram.) i. case (denoting the instrument). Hence instrumentally adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. Pertaining to, or performed by, an instrument. American pocket medical dictionary.
  18. Conducive as means to some end, organical; acting to some end, contributing to some purpose, helpful; consisting not of voices but instruments; produced by instruments, not vocal. Complete Dictionary
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