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Instrument meaning

instrument - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent.
  5. 5. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.
  6. 6. A tool; contrivance for producing musical tones; contract in writing.

instrument - examples of usage

  1. This instrument is about 3 feet in length, including the handle. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. There's a copy of it in there," and he pointed to the lower part of the bureau; " while th' instrument itself lies snug in Mr. Cleaver's safe, over at Manninglea." - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. " Oh, I don't blame Mr. Lindau; I don't blame the policeman; he was as much a mere instrument as his club was. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
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