implement may apply to anything necessary to perform a task.
crude stone implements
tool suggests an implement adapted to facilitate a definite kind or stage of work and suggests the need of skill more strongly than implement.
a carpenter's tools
instrument suggests a device capable of delicate or precise work.
the dentist's instruments
appliance refers to a tool or instrument utilizing a power source and suggests portability or temporary attachment.
utensil applies to a device used in domestic work or some routine unskilled activity.
an instrument designed to measure the Earth's atmosphere
The piano was his favorite musical instrument.
Do you play any instruments?
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Eslava won $5,000, and an additional $5,000 was donated to the school for instrument purchases.—Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 18 Jan. 2023 Unlike other activities that require intense brain work, like chess or puzzles, playing an instrument recruits almost every part of the brain, including multi-sensory responses.—Micah Ling, Outside Online, 17 Jan. 2023 And some airports simply require visual contact with the runway at all times, with no instrument approach procedure available.—Les Abend, CNN, 17 Jan. 2023 The body shell is more rigid, and there's more sound insulation in the cowl, firewall, and instrument-panel areas.—Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 17 Jan. 2023 The chatbot isn’t meant to be a psychological support tool, but an instrument to carry out citizen science research.—Scistarter Team, Discover Magazine, 14 Jan. 2023 She will be accompanied by Europe’s period-instrument ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, led for this evening by concertmaster Zefira Valova.—Beth Woodcontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2023 After the meeting, Johnson and her co-conspirators put in a last-minute proposal to develop an instrument for NASA.—Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, 13 Jan. 2023 The satellite’s third instrument studied the makeup of the stratosphere, including levels of water vapor, nitrogen dioxide, aerosols and ozone, a gas that protects life on Earth by absorbing ultraviolet radiation from the sun.—Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Jan. 2023
Unlike earthquake prediction — which in terms of short-term prediction is currently not feasible and may never be feasible on a short timescale — volcano prediction is feasible and is common if volcanoes are instrumented.—NBC News, 23 May 2018 Bullerengue is a genre led mainly by elderly women, instrumented exclusively with artisan drums, and preserved through oral tradition.—Marjua Estevez, Billboard, 7 Nov. 2017 But however well-instrumented, machines can't intuit.—Bucky Mcmahon, Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2017 The plan is for the NFL, when the technology is ready, to offer mouth guards instrumented with such sensors to players to measure their impact response.—Barry Wilner, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Aug. 2017 The plan is for the NFL, when the technology is ready, to offer mouth guards instrumented with such sensors to players to measure their impact response.—USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2017 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin instrumentum, from instruere to arrange, instruct