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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The band’s distinctive and dramatic sound comes from its all-brass instrumentation, which includes instruments uncommon in the U.S. Email or visit www., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 All three groups have begun developing their instrumentation. Quanta Magazine, "Peering Into the Early Universe," 7 Mar. 2013 The car has no instrumentation, and only spark and throttle levers on the four-spoke wooden steering wheel. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "1911 Chase a symbol of family history," 16 Aug. 2019 For a complete list of open instrumentation and to schedule your audition, visit the website. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Audition notices for Milwaukee area theater and music productions (Fall 2019 edition)," 30 Aug. 2019 Though the emphasis was on the electronic side of the dance spectrum, Saturday was not void of live instrumentation. Althea Legaspi,, "North Coast fest review: New venue, new vibe with returning headliners Bassnectar, Major Lazer," 30 Aug. 2019 While measuring flour in your kitchen will remain the same, the new standard makes a world of difference for things like manufacturing car components, developing new drugs, and crafting scientific instrumentation. Robert Rathe, National Geographic, "The kilogram is forever changed. Here's why that matters.," 20 May 2019 Music for a Summer Evening,’ is roughly based on the same instrumentation. Myrna Petlicki,, "Duo Piano Festival explores unusual compositions," 3 July 2019 With its playful virtuosity and electro-acoustic instrumentation, the band created music that simultaneously evoked America’s pre-urban past and digital future, an utterly singular sound drawing on bluegrass, jazz, funk, Celtic music and far beyond. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Béla Fleck reunites the Flecktones for quickie tour that’s coming to Oakland," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of instrumentation

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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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