instrumentation

noun
in·​stru·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌin(t)-strə-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce instrumentation (audio) , -ˌmen-\

Definition of instrumentation

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.

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Behind the stage looms a pipe organ that was custom-designed to include stops for Japanese instrumentation — and whose asymmetrical layout nods to the Japanese design ethos that prizes balance over symmetry. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Arata Isozaki's Kyoto Concert Hall shows L.A. what might have been at MOCA," 7 June 2019 My impression is that most people who do instrumentation start out that way. Quanta Magazine, "The Astronomer Who’d Rather Build Space Cameras," 18 Apr. 2019 Even the engine room, with its analog gauges and gleaming brass instrumentation, feels classy. Rico Gagliano, WSJ, "3 Quick Escapes From Los Angeles," 1 Aug. 2018 Jay Gordon sings like a more tuneful Jonathan Davis, while the album’s instrumentation is more sophisticated than its title suggests. Richard S. He, Billboard, "August 18, 1998: Korn, Kid Rock, Orgy & The Biggest Day in Nu-Metal History," 30 May 2018 This band has a rare instrumentation — tenor saxophone, tuba, two drummers — and a relentless, jouncing sound anchored in rhythms of the Caribbean. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "With Sons of Kemet, Shabaka Hutchings Brings London Jazz Into the Spotlight," 28 Mar. 2018 In both works, the instrumentation is open to interpretation by the performers. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Chicago experimental ensemble Aperiodic will illustrate key threads in a new book by new-music scholar Jennie Gottschalk," 23 Feb. 2018 Cohan often plays excerpts of these and other original compositions, scaled down to the instrumentation at hand, which this time will be a sterling quartet featuring saxophonist John Wojciechowski, bassist James Cammack and drummer George Fludas. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "From Bernstein to Broadway to Latin jazz," 12 July 2018 That's the third earthquake of the year detected in Alabama after 18 small quakes were picked up by instrumentation in 2017. Bob Gathany, AL.com, "Paddle the Canal - urban kayaking in Big Spring Park," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of instrumentation

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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instrumentation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of instrumentation

: a way of writing or arranging music so that it can be performed in a particular style or by particular instruments
: a set of instruments

instrumentation

noun
in·​stru·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌin(t)-strə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- How to pronounce instrumentation (audio) \

Medical Definition of instrumentation

: 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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