instrument

22 ENTRIES FOUND:

1in·stru·ment

noun \ˈin(t)-strə-mənt\

: a tool or device used for a particular purpose; especially : a tool or device designed to do careful and exact work

: a device that measures something (such as temperature or distance)

: a device that is used to make music

Full Definition of INSTRUMENT

1
:  a device used to produce music; also :  a singing voice
2
a :  a means whereby something is achieved, performed, or furthered
b :  one used by another as a means or aid :  dupe, tool
3
:  implement; especially :  one designed for precision work
4
:  a formal legal document (as a deed, bond, or agreement)
5
a :  a measuring device for determining the present value of a quantity under observation
b :  an electrical or mechanical device used in navigating an airplane; especially :  such a device used as the sole means of navigating

Examples of INSTRUMENT

  1. an instrument designed to measure the Earth's atmosphere
  2. The piano was his favorite musical instrument.
  3. Do you play any instruments?

Origin of INSTRUMENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin instrumentum, from instruere to arrange, instruct
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to INSTRUMENT

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

2in·stru·ment

transitive verb \-ˌment\

Definition of INSTRUMENT

1
:  to address a legal instrument to
2
:  to score for musical performance :  orchestrate
3
:  to equip with instruments especially for measuring and recording data

First Known Use of INSTRUMENT

1752

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

in·stru·ment

noun \ˈin(t)-strə-mənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INSTRUMENT

: any implement, tool, or utensil (as for surgery)

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