What does instrumental mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word instrumental.

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. Nobel Committee:

    The quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and widespread social unrest, it established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war. It was thus instrumental in enabling Tunisia, in the space of a few years, to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief.

  2. 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.

  3. United States.Lisa Hendy:

    I am looking forward to returning to my home state in the park that provided my first real outdoor adventures, it will be a pleasure to be involved in the efforts to protect a place that was so instrumental in defining my passions and ultimately my career.

  4. James Fenimore Cooper:

    America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies.

  5. Jeff Werber:

    One colleague that I read an article about has used it for tumors, and the cannabidiol was instrumental in causing tumor regression, hopefully we can learn more as time goes on as more states legalize marijuana, we’ll learn a lot more and be able to prove scientifically, the benefits of the use of cannabidiols for pets.

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