What does instrumental mean?

Definitions for instrumental
ˌɪn strəˈmɛn tlin·stru·men·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. instrumental(adj)

    relating to or designed for or performed on musical instruments

    "instrumental compositions"; "an instrumental ensemble"

  2. implemental, instrumental, subservient(adj)

    serving or acting as a means or aid

    "instrumental in solving the crime"

Wiktionary

  1. instrumental(Noun)

    The instrumental case.

  2. instrumental(Noun)

    A composition without lyrics.

  3. instrumental(Adjective)

    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. instrumental(Adjective)

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

    instrumental music

  5. instrumental(Adjective)

    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. Instrumental(adj)

    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. Instrumental(adj)

    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. Instrumental(adj)

    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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    Veena
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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. Shawn Walton:

    The partners are so instrumental because we not only want to show kids how to create access to bicycles and access to agriculture, but we also want to show them how to work together to solve a problem.

  2. The Israeli leader:

    The mufti was instrumental in the decision to exterminate the Jews of Europe.

  3. Barry Wynn:

    Particularly in California, a lot of the Silicon Valley support [that] was very instrumental in electing President Obama is taking a real strong look at Jeb Bush and we’re seeing a lot of anecdotal evidence that a lot of that support will be moving to him.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Images & Illustrations of instrumental

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