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 The artwork, everything about the music, the melodies, the production, the harmony, the instrumentation — all the choices worked together to create this world. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 6 June 2022 But its developers understand where to emphasize the metal instrumentation's mix and where to carve frequency space so that in-rhythm attacks deliver a punchy impact to the full audio mix. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 26 May 2022 The main instrumentation does kick in during the window of the last Heardle guess, though. Kris Holt, Forbes, 22 May 2022 The tracklist reads as a decadent spread of sonically rich songs that improves upon the more bare instrumentation of their 2018 album, And Nothing Hurt. Grace Ann Natanawan, SPIN, 27 Apr. 2022 The digital instrumentation is offset in the center of the dash outside the driver's normal line of sight, and the shallow screen doesn't offer much in the way of customization. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 8 Apr. 2022 The instrumentation became less tactile and more distanced with woozier synth-pop. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 The diversity gives the show richly complex music and dance — the instrumentation includes a rhythm section, strings and keys, as well as harmonium, bansuri flute, sitar, tanpura, tumbi, tabla, dhol, daf and ankle bells. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 His delivery and the accompanying instrumentation are delightfully wistful and hazy. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of instrumentation

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jun 2022

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“Instrumentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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