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.
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to making the application more secure and saving the time and cost of fixing problems later in the software development life cycle (SDLC), instrumentation serves as an effective method of just-in-time training. Jeff Williams, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The single opens with instrumentation that builds as Buckingham’s voice enters in a cathartic rush. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 1 Sep. 2021 But other songs also offer evidence of Lynne’s ability to update ELO’s gift for melody with new instrumentation without losing any of the group’s soul. Jack Butler, National Review, 8 Aug. 2021 One common thread of my heritage was listening to my father's cassettes of highlife, a musical genre that combines ancient Ashanti rhythms with the rhythms of Ghana's other tribes, along with Western influences and instrumentation. Nadia Owusu, Travel + Leisure, 9 Aug. 2021 These bands used the basic instrumentation of rock to create highly cinematic pieces influenced by film scores and the hypnotic repetition of classical minimalism. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2021 However, there is speculation the 1913 Death Valley record may also be invalid due to faulty placement of the instrumentation. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 11 July 2021 With part two, he's found a happy ending, writing five sweet love songs that, thanks in part to charming, Postal Service-goes-lo-fi instrumentation, come across like open-hearted confessionals. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 July 2021 Eilish’s first album made mutant pop with unconventional instrumentation, but Happier Than Ever is at once the more conventional-sounding body of work and the less predictable of the pair. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 3 Aug. 2021

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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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“Instrumentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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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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