instrumentation

noun

in·​stru·​men·​ta·​tion ˌin(t)-strə-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce instrumentation (audio)
-ˌmen-
1
: the arrangement or composition of music for instruments especially for a band or orchestra
2
: the use or application of instruments (as for observation, measurement, or control)
3
: instruments for a particular purpose
also : a selection or arrangement of instruments

Examples of instrumentation in a Sentence

There was a problem with the airplane's instrumentation.
Recent Examples on the Web Four of the students shared their voices through song, instrumentation and Ted Talk presentations. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2024 Sultry and sleek, the modern pop instrumentation behind Turner’s powerhouse vocals still thrills. Peter Larsen, Orange County Register, 29 May 2024 Is the Is Are, released four years later, had the same post-punk undergirding, but the oil-slick guitar leads glimmered with an even more luminous beauty, and Zachary Cole Smith’s murmured hooks sliced through the balmy instrumentation like LED headlights. Eli Enis, SPIN, 23 May 2024 On orchestral tracks, like the opening scene from John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, the speaker delivers vibrant highs and boosted lows that push the lower-register instrumentation forward. PCMAG, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for instrumentation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of instrumentation was in 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Instrumentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/instrumentation. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

instrumentation

noun
in·​stru·​men·​ta·​tion ˌin(t)-strə-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce instrumentation (audio)
-ˌmen-
1
: the arrangement or composition of music for instruments
2
: instruments for a particular purpose
the instrumentation of an aircraft

Medical Definition

instrumentation

noun
in·​stru·​men·​ta·​tion ˌin(t)-strə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- How to pronounce instrumentation (audio)
: a use of or operation with instruments
especially : the use of one or more instruments in treating a patient (as in the passing of a cystoscope)

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