3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Instrument \In"stru*ment\, verb (used with an object)

1. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.

2. 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. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Instrument \In"stru*ment\, noun [F. instrument, L. instrumentum. See {Instruct}.]

1. That by means of which any work is performed, or result is effected; a tool; a utensil; an implement; a device; as, the instruments of a mechanic; astronomical instruments.

All the lofty instruments of war. --Shak.

2. A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument.

Praise him with stringed instruments and organs. --Ps. cl. 4.

But signs when songs and instruments he hears. --Dryden.

3. (Law) 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. --Burrill.

4. 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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Or useful serving man and instrument, To any sovereign state. --Shak.

The bold are but the instruments of the wise. --Dryden.

Syn: Tool; implement; utensil; machine; apparatus; channel; agent.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a device that requires skill for proper use

2: the means whereby some act is accomplished; "my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; "science has given us new tools to fight disease" [syn: {instrument}, {tool}]

3: a person used by another to gain an end [syn: {instrument}, {pawn}, {cat's-paw}]

4: (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right [syn: {legal document}, {legal instrument}, {official document}, {instrument}]

5: the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process [syn: {instrumental role}, {instrument}]

6: any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds [syn: {musical instrument}, {instrument}]


1: equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling

2: write an instrumental score for [syn: {instrument}, {instrumentate}]

3: address a legal document to

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