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Definitions of instrument

  1. a person used by another to gain an end
  2. equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling
  3. the means whereby some act is accomplished; " my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; " science has given us new tools to fight disease"
  4. a device that requires skill for proper use
  5. any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
  6. the semantic role of the entity ( usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process
  7. ( law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
  8. address a legal document to
  9. write an instrumental score for
  10. That by means of which any work is performed, or result is effected; a tool; a utensil; an implement; as, the instruments of a mechanic; astronomical instruments.
  11. A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument.
  12. A writing, as the means of giving formal expression to some act; a writing expressive of some act, contract, process, as a deed, contract, writ, etc.
  13. One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent.
  14. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.
  15. That by which anything is accomplished; a tool; a mechanical contrivance for producing musical sounds; agent; a writing containing the terms of a contract; as, a deed.
  16. A tool or utensil: a machine producing musical sounds: a writing containing a contract: one who or that which is made a means.
  17. A tool; contrivance for producing musical tones; contract in writing.
  18. A tool; a mechanism for scientific or musical purposes.
  19. A legal writing.
  20. That by which work is performed or anything effected; a tool; an agent or means employed as a tool for a purpose; a mechanical contrivance for yielding harmonious sound; a writing containing the terms of a contract, as a deed of conveyance.
  21. A tool; a machine; a machine for the production of musical sounds; that by which something is prepared, produced, or done; a writing containing the terms of a contract; an agent, often in an ill sense.

Usage examples for instrument

  1. But I am only an instrument, not the original cause. – The White Squaw by Mayne Reid
  2. The instant they were placed, and Kate had gone to the instrument and struck off a bar or two- ah! – Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1. by Samuel Warren
  3. He sang and played for her, never giving a thought to her having any musical ability, since she never touched the instrument. – Not Pretty, But Precious by John Hay, et al.
  4. At last he understood that the gypsy had been but an instrument. – Garrick's Pupil by Auguston Filon
  5. But language is a very imperfect instrument, and all sorts of misunderstandings are possible to those who express their thoughts in it. – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  6. This was written when the serpent was practically extinct, but Dickens would be very familiar with the name of the instrument, and may have seen and heard it in churches in his younger days. – Charles Dickens and Music by James T. Lightwood
  7. He took up the receiver of the instrument with some curiosity. – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge
  8. He fell and broke his left arm, which never gained enough strength for him to hold the beloved instrument again. – Great Violinists And Pianists by George T. Ferris
  9. O, that I had died, before I became an accursed instrument of evil to those I love. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  10. The instrument employed was one which had been used by Cook; Flinders always kept it in his cabin. – The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders by Ernest Scott
  11. I end by believing that I am only an instrument played on by circumstances. – Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings by Mary F. Sandars
  12. Before he removed the instrument from his head he caught this reply: Lick 'em good! – The Boy Allies with Uncle Sams Cruisers by Ensign Robert L. Drake
  13. With such an instrument, for instance, Huyghens discovered the real shape of Saturn's ring. – Pioneers of Science by Oliver Lodge
  14. " I- I was but the instrument of the law," stammered Robichon. – A Chair on The Boulevard by Leonard Merrick
  15. The king was expected to express himself as clearly as the archdukes had done in their instrument. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  16. " I'm only the humble instrument of a company," protested Christopher. – Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker by Marguerite Bryant
  17. At last Mayda gave the instrument a shake. – The Saint by Antonio Fogazzaro Commentator: William Roscoe Thayer
  18. Tom Meeks, who was leaning over John's shoulder and watching the instrument- board, triumphantly announced presently that they were traveling at the rate of 280 miles an hour! – Around the World in Ten Days by Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  19. Without doubt, and in the eyes of all, the instrument of death had been found. – That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green
  20. Possibly the meaning is " stablished by faith," the Colossians' faith being the instrument of their establishment. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
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