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-paw(noun)
a person used by another to gain an end
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument(noun)
(law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
instrumental role, instrument(noun)
the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process
musical instrument, instrument(verb)
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
Origin: From instrumentum. suffix -mentum.
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
Origin: [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.
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
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- сечиво, оръдиеBulgarian
- nástroj, přístrojCzech
- Urkunde, Handlanger, Dokument, Werkzeug, Instrument, Meßinstrument, MusikinstrumentGerman
- όργανο, εργαλείο, ενεργούμενο, έγγραφο, υποχείριοGreek
- instrumento, herramientaSpanish
- pill, muusikariistEstonian
- mittalaite, instrumentti, väline, mittari, soitinFinnish
- acte, instrumentFrench
- inneal-tomhais, ionnsramaid, inneal-ciùil, innealScottish Gaelic
- מכשיר, מסמך, כלי, כלי נגינהHebrew
- 計器, 器具, 楽器, 器械Japanese
- ინსტრუმენტი, იარაღიGeorgian
- nipilersuutKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- 악기, 기구, 앞잡이, 器具, 器械, 道具, 計器, 樂器, 증서, 기계, 도구, 계기Korean
- organum, instrūmentumLatin
- prietaisas, instrumentas, įrankisLithuanian
- ierīce, rīks, instrumentsLatvian
- mea whakatangi, parahaMāori
- സംഗീത ഉപകരണംMalayalam
- meter, instrument, meetinstrument, muziekinstrumentDutch
- instrumentNorwegian Nynorsk
- måleapparat, redskapNorwegian
- instrumento, aparelhoPortuguese
- прибор, инструментRussian
- алат, alatSerbo-Croatian
- instrument, orodjeSlovene
- mätinstrument, instrumentSwedish
- آلہ, اوزار, سازUrdu
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