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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Ziino later worked as a project engineer on the Apollo space program in Milwaukee, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Cape Kennedy as an instrumentation expert for all Apollo missions through Apollo XIII. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After serving in the Korean War and on Apollo space missions, this New Berlin man spent decades bettering his community," 22 Sep. 2020 One side of the cube was open, revealing an interior filled with instrumentation. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Read More," 21 Sep. 2020 There is a large central desk, surrounded by many types of instrumentation housed in brass cases. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the 4468 Mallard Is Such a Badass Train," 20 Sep. 2020 The different approaches to instrumentation provide the first indication of an age difference between the two cars, but there are plenty of others. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1989 Cadillac Allanté vs. Mercedes-Benz 560SL," 17 Sep. 2020 The lab that tested the samples attributed the false positives to an instrumentation error and plans to conduct an audit of its testing processes, the statement said. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "University of Arizona COVID-19 retesting finds 15 false positives in tests from 1 day," 8 Sep. 2020 Here the organ joins the regal instrumentation over the steady rhythm of the full percussion battery ablaze with snare drum and cymbals. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "A Joyful Song of Proud Tradition," 4 Sep. 2020 Daughter Madison is the lead singer, dad John on the upright bass and daughter Petra providing percussion with scrubbing pads and a skillet, with additional instrumentation provided by kitchen tongs and a spray bottle. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "Who won the Star Tribune Amateur Talent Contest?," 4 Sep. 2020 For reasons of expense, maintenance, and instrumentation, such facilities cannot be operated from space. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Bright satellites in the thousands could impact future space discoveries," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of instrumentation

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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25 Sep 2020

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“Instrumentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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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