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Definitions for instrumental
ˌɪn strəˈmɛn tlin·stru·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

  2. Instrumentaladjective

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

  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

  4. 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. Shanta Nurullah.Keewa Nurullah:

    When people come in the shop and I stir up those conversations, it's not just purely transactional for me, you never know how people will end up being instrumental in your life.

  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. RAMANA PEMMARAJU:

    A Woman trading her beauty for attention is same as a Man exhibiting his intelligence, for these primary survival instincts have been instrumental in the evolution of society.

  4. Lou Saban:

    Don James was an instrumental part in getting me started in coaching, and certainly learned a tremendous amount from him and Earle Bruce and Bill Belichick. So the experiences that I had as a coach in Ohio really helped mold me philosophically into a lot of things that we believe in and that we try to implement in our program.

  5. Django Reinhardt:

    Jazz attracted me because in it I found a formal perfection and instrumental precision that I admire in classical music, but which popular music doesn't have.

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