in·stru·men·ta·tion | \ˌin(t)-strə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -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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Jablonsky's score for Skyscraper features electric and acoustic guitars in addition to the orchestral instrumentation. Byron Burton, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Skyscraper' Composer Didn't Want a Marvel-Style Score," 12 July 2018 Many bands mash up styles of music, types of instrumentation, or time signatures. Jamie Ludwig, Chicago Reader, "Hank Pearl of Black Pearl Photo on masked Swedish synth masters Priest," 2 May 2018 The overall message of the evening was the power and importance of musicality, both live instrumentation and strong vocal abilities. Brandon T. Harden,, "Jill Scott, Boyz II Men deliver sizzling homecoming performances at WDAS Summer Block Party," 1 July 2018 Texas singer-songwriter Sam Baker puts down his acoustic for electric guitar, and adds a variety of new instrumentation — horns, strings — as well., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 23 Mar. 2018 Finally, Aperiodic will play a few of the ten parts of Burdocks (1971), another wide-open work for undefined instrumentation. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "New York School composer Christian Wolff shares his open-ended conceptions of communal music making with Chicago’s Aperiodic," 12 Jan. 2018 Media: Euronews The college offers certificates, associate degrees and incumbent worker training in the areas of process technology, instrumentation, nondestructive testing and electrical. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Education, training crucial to energy industry success," 8 July 2018 His lesser-known tracks boasted lush instrumentation and surprisingly high production value. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 9: Janelle Monáe, Flaming Lips, BØRNS, Judah & the Lion and more," 7 July 2018 Also at the show will be at least three SoundSport teams, which showcase ensembles of any instrumentation and any skill level. Anne Dunlap,, "Drum Corps International marches into Orlando," 6 July 2018

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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- \

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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