instruction

noun
in·​struc·​tion | \ in-ˈstrək-shən \

Definition of instruction

1a instructions plural : an outline or manual of technical procedure : directions
b : a direction calling for compliance : order usually used in plural had instructions not to admit strangers
c : a code that tells a computer to perform a particular operation
d : precept prevailing cultural instructions
2 : the action, practice, or profession of teaching

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Other Words from instruction

instructional \ in-​ˈstrək-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of instruction in a Sentence

You should read each instruction carefully. Their instruction was to deliver the package by five o'clock. The after-school program offers reading instruction to students who need it. The computer can handle one million instructions per second.
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The Orange County school district, which offers the state’s pre-K program at about 80 elementary schools, was upset by the low scores this year, too, said Meg Bowen, director of elementary curriculum and instruction. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ready for kindergarten? Florida's new test found many youngsters were not," 5 July 2018 The insertion positions tend to work well here, according to NuvaRing’s instructions. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Insert NuvaRing So It Stays in Place," 25 Jan. 2019 All of these particles are a bit like Legos: put them together in various ways to create a Universe (the instruction book can be a bit overwhelming though). Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quark-gluon plasma reveals viscosity-free properties," 19 Dec. 2018 Other changes include specialized instructions to improve performance of vector processing, compression, and decompression. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Surprise! Intel reveals 10nm Sunny Cove CPU cores that go deeper, wider, and faster," 12 Dec. 2018 To make your own tea light snowman, head to Debbie's blog, One Little Project, for the list of supplies and full instructions. Jessica Mejia, Country Living, "Turn Dollar Store Tea Lights Into the Cutest Snowman Ornaments," 20 Nov. 2018 All this activity is controlled by the complex interactions of DNA, RNA (the molecules that carry out DNA’s instructions) and protein molecules, says Voigt. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 Race officials are advising any competitors who haven't finished the race by noon on Monday to monitor VHF channel 16 for any instructions. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Bayview Mackinac race, Air Force training exercise could collide," 13 July 2018 There will be safety checks of bikes and helmets and instruction about the rules of the road for bicyclists. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "City wins appeal in public records lawsuit," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of instruction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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instruction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of instruction

: a statement that describes how to do something
: an order or command
: the action or process of teaching : the act of instructing someone

instruction

noun
in·​struc·​tion | \ in-ˈstrək-shən \

Kids Definition of instruction

1 instructions plural : a specific rule or command I left instructions that I was not to be disturbed.
2 instructions plural : an outline of how something is to be done Follow the instructions on the box.
3 : the act or practice of teaching Students receive instruction in history.

instruction

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Legal Definition of instruction

: an explanation of an applicable principle of law given by a judge to a jury before the jury retires to consider its verdict

called also jury charge, jury instruction

Note: Under both the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, at the close of evidence, or before the close if the court reasonably so directs, any party may file written requests for the instructions to be given to the jury by the court. The court must advise the parties of its decision regarding the instructions prior to closing argument so that the parties may address the instructions during argument. Any objections to the instructions must be made before the jury retires for deliberation.

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