Definitions for: Instrument


[n] the means whereby some act is accomplished; "my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; "science has given us new tools to fight disease"
[n] a device that requires skill for proper use
[n] any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
[n] the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process
[n] (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
[n] a person used by another to gain an end
[v] address a legal document to
[v] write an instrumental score for
[v] equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling



Webster (1913) Definition: In"stru*ment, n. [F. instrument, L. instrumentum.
See Instruct.]
1. 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.

All the lofty instruments of war. --Shak.

2. A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are
produced; as, a musical instrument.

Praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
--Ps. cl. 4.

But signs when songs and instruments he hears.
--Dryden.

3. (Law) 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. --Burrill.

4. One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to
serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent.

Or useful serving man and instrument, To any
sovereign state. --Shak.

The bold are but the instruments of the wise.
--Dryden.

Syn: Tool; implement; utensil; machine; apparatus; channel;
agent.


In"stru*ment, v. t.
To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument;
as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.

Synonyms: cat's-paw, instrumental role, instrumentate, legal document, legal instrument, musical instrument, official document, pawn, tool

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