Definitions for instrument
ˈɪn strə məntin·stru·ment
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word instrument.
a device that requires skill for proper use
the means whereby some act is accomplished
"my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; "science has given us new tools to fight disease"
instrument, pawn, cat's-pawnoun
a person used by another to gain an end
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrumentnoun
(law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
instrumental role, instrumentnoun
the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process
musical instrument, instrumentverb
any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling
write an instrumental score for
address a legal document to
One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent; as, their army was primarily an instrument of oppression.
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.
A device used to produce music.
The violinist was a master of her instrument.
A measuring or displaying device.
The instrument detected an increase in radioactivity.
A tool, implement.
The dentist set down his tray of instruments.
A legal document, such as a contract, deed, trust, mortgage, power, indenture, or will.
A person used as a mere tool for achieving a goal.
To apply measuring devices.
To devise, conceive, cook up, plan.
To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument.
a sonata instrumented for orchestra
Etymology: From instrumentum. suffix -mentum.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: instrument, Fr. instrumentum, Lat.
If he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer. Num. xxxv. 16.
What artificial frame, what instrument,
Did one superior genius e'er invent;
Which to the muscles is preferr'd. Richard Blackmore, on Creation.
Box is a wood useful for turners and instrument makers. John Mortimer.
He that striketh an instrument with skill, may cause notwithstanding a very pleasant sound, if the string whereon he striketh chance to be capable of harmony. Richard Hooker, b. i.
She taketh most delight
In musick, instruments and poetry. William Shakespeare.
In solitary groves he makes his moan,
Nor, mix'd in mirth, in youthful pleasure shares,
But sighs when songs and instruments he hears. Dryden.
He called Edna his wife, and took paper, and did write an instrument of covenants, and sealed it. Tob. vii. 14.
The gods would not have delivered a soul into the body which hath arms and legs, only instruments of doing; but that it were intended the mind should employ them. Philip Sidney.
If, haply, you my father do suspect,
An instrument of this your calling back,
Lay not your blame on me. William Shakespeare, Othello.
All voluntary self-denials and austerities which Christianity commends become necessary, not simply for themselves, but as instruments towards a higher end. Decay of Piety.
Reputation is the smallest sacrifice those can make us, who have been the instruments of our ruin. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.
There is one thing to be considered concerning reason, whether syllogism be the proper instrument of it, and the usefullest way of exercising this faculty. John Locke.
He scarcely knew what was done in his own chamber, but as it pleased her instruments to frame themselves. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
All the instruments which aided to expose the child, were even then lost when it was found. William Shakespeare, Winter's Tale.
In benefits as well as injuries, it is the principal that we are to consider, not the instrument; that which a man does by another, is in truth his own act. Roger L'Estrange.
The bold are but th' instruments of the wise,
They undertake the dangers they advise. Dryden.
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
a contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument
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
one who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent
to perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra
Etymology: [F. instrument, L. instrumentum. See Instruct.]
Instrument is a documentary film directed by Jem Cohen about the band Fugazi. Cohen's relationship with band member Ian MacKaye extends back to the 1970s when the two met in high school in Washington, D.C.. The film takes its title from the Fugazi song of the same name, from their 1993 album, In on the Kill Taker. Editing of the film was done by both Cohen and the members of the band over the course of five years. It was shot from 1987 through 1998 on super 8, 16mm and video and is composed mainly of footage of concerts, interviews with the band members, practices, tours and time spent in the studio recording their 1995 album, Red Medicine. The film also includes portraits of fans as well as interviews with them at various Fugazi shows around the United States throughout the years. The Instrument Soundtrack by Fugazi was released in conjunction with the film. It consisted primarily of instrumental and unreleased songs. When asked what the goal was in making Instrument, Cohen responded: One such misconception is shared in a scene where drummer Brendan Canty tells his bandmates how his sister's boyfriend believes that Fugazi lives in a house together without heat and subsisting on a steady diet of nothing but rice. Cohen has also said that "[o]ne of the reasons why I work with Fugazi and they work with me is that we enjoy traveling through this madness. It's what they write songs about and it's what I try to document in my films."
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in′strōō-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. Instrumentā′tion (mus.), the arrangement of a composition for performance by different instruments: the playing upon musical instruments. [O. Fr.,—L. instrumentum—instruĕre, to instruct.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A term of extensive application among tools and weapons; but it is here introduced as an official conveyance of some right, or the record of some fact.
A type of product to create music.
Musical instruments are beautiful to hear and see people playing.
Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020
An official governmental document or contract that creates types of rights or rules.
The universal declaration of human rights forms an element various governmental instruments throughout the world and all legislation is verified to ensure it is compliant with the universal declaration of human rights.
Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'instrument' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3595
Rank popularity for the word 'instrument' in Nouns Frequency: #848
The numerical value of instrument in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of instrument in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
I was an instrument of God, i had no conscious effort in what I was doing.
I am certain that if all this did not take place... they would come up with another reason to contain Russia's growing capabilities, whenever anyone thinks Russia has become strong, they resort to this instrument.
Once you play with your friends in Palestine you can never imagine yourself holding a rifle instead of your instrument.
Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.
This was the first time I've had a patient play an instrument, we managed to remove over 90 percent of the tumour, including all the areas suspicious of aggressive activity, while retaining full function in her left hand.
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Translations for instrument
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- оръдие, сечивоBulgarian
- nástroj, přístrojCzech
- Urkunde, Meßinstrument, Musikinstrument, Handlanger, Instrument, Werkzeug, DokumentGerman
- ενεργούμενο, υποχείριο, όργανο, έγγραφο, εργαλείοGreek
- instrumento, herramientaSpanish
- pill, muusikariistEstonian
- väline, mittari, mittalaite, soitin, instrumenttiFinnish
- acte, instrumentFrench
- inneal, ionnsramaid, inneal-tomhais, inneal-ciùilScottish Gaelic
- מסמך, כלי, מכשיר, כלי נגינהHebrew
- 楽器, 器械, 器具, 計器Japanese
- იარაღი, ინსტრუმენტიGeorgian
- nipilersuutKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- 앞잡이, 器械, 道具, 악기, 계기, 器具, 計器, 도구, 기계, 증서, 樂器, 기구Korean
- organum, instrūmentumLatin
- įrankis, prietaisas, instrumentasLithuanian
- instruments, ierīce, rīksLatvian
- mea whakatangi, parahaMāori
- സംഗീത ഉപകരണംMalayalam
- meter, muziekinstrument, meetinstrument, instrumentDutch
- instrumentNorwegian Nynorsk
- redskap, måleapparatNorwegian
- instrumento, aparelhoPortuguese
- инструмент, приборRussian
- алат, alatSerbo-Croatian
- orodje, instrumentSlovene
- instrument, mätinstrumentSwedish
- اوزار, آلہ, سازUrdu
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