What does Instrumental mean?

Definitions for Instrumental
ˌɪn strəˈmɛn tlInstru·men·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. instrumentaladjective

    relating to or designed for or performed on musical instruments

    "instrumental compositions"; "an instrumental ensemble"

  2. implemental, instrumental, subservientadjective

    serving or acting as a means or aid

    "instrumental in solving the crime"

Wiktionary

  1. instrumentalnoun

    The instrumental case.

  2. instrumentalnoun

    A composition without lyrics.

  3. instrumentaladjective

    Acting as an instrument; serving as a means; contributing to promote; conductive; helpful; serviceable; essential or central.

    He was instrumental in conducting the business.

  4. instrumentaladjective

    Pertaining to, made by, or prepared for, an instrument, especially a musical instrument.

    instrumental music

  5. instrumentaladjective

    Applied to a case expressing means or agency, generally indicated in English by by or with with the objective.

    the instrumental case.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instrumentaladjective

    acting as an instrument; serving as a means; contributing to promote; conductive; helpful; serviceable; as, he was instrumental in conducting the business

    Etymology: [Cf. F. instrumental.]

  2. Instrumentaladjective

    pertaining to, made by, or prepared for, an instrument, esp. a musical instrument; as, instrumental music, distinguished from vocal music

    Etymology: [Cf. F. instrumental.]

  3. Instrumentaladjective

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. instrumental.]

Freebase

  1. Instrumental

    An instrumental is a musical composition or recording without lyrics, or singing, although it might include some inarticulate vocal input; the music is primarily or exclusively produced by musical instruments. In a song that is otherwise sung, a section not sung but played with instruments can be called an instrumental interlude. If the instruments are percussion instruments, the interlude can be called a percussion interlude. These interludes are a form of break in the song.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Instrumental in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Instrumental in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Instrumental in a Sentence

  1. Bob Faris:

    Bullying can be highly instrumental and used for social climbing, and it works.

  2. Stephan Harrison:

    If we continue to break instrumental records all around the world, it does suggest that the climate system is more sensitive to the level of the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere than some of our earlier models had suggested.

  3. Chicago Police Department:

    Chief Johnson has significant experience managing large-scale special events and was instrumental in the operational planning and response of the 2012 NATO Summit, he has also served as a supervisor in the detective bureau and is currently completing his master’s degree in public policy and administration at Northwestern University.

  4. Chipper Jones:

    Hank was very instrumental in me becoming an Atlanta Brave, the room of Braves decision-makers was split on who they were going to take with their first pick. As legendary scout Paul Snyder once told me, the vote came around to Hank. He paused, looked at everybody in the room, and he said, ‘Y'all better draft that Jones boy.’ I’ll never forget that. That comment must’ve carried some weight.

  5. James Hansen:

    I would like to draw three main conclusions, number one, the Earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in the history of instrumental measurements. Number two, the global warming is now large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship to the greenhouse effect. And number three, our computer climate simulations indicate that the greenhouse effect is already large enough to begin to affect the probability of extreme events such as summer heat waves.

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