instrumentation

noun
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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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 The music tested the technique of even an expert percussionist, containing difficult-to-negotiate vibraphone runs, a lengthy solo for chimes, and stretches whose instrumentation was left to the performer’s imagination. David Weininger, BostonGlobe.com, "Category-defying music, left-wing stance in composer’s provocative piece," 6 June 2018 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, Philly.com, "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. BostonGlobe.com, "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

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First Known Use of instrumentation

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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instrumentation

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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

instrumentation

noun
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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