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(See the entry for instruction in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- (uncountable) The act of instructing, teaching, or furnishing with information or knowledge.
- Students receive instruction in the arts and sciences.
- Instruction will be provided on how to handle difficult customers.
- (countable) An instance of the information or knowledge so furnished.
- c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene ii]:
- If my instructions may be your guide.
- (countable) An order or command.
- 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619:
- Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
- (computing) A single operation of a processor defined by an instruction set architecture.
- A set of directions provided by a manufacturer for the users of a product or service.
- See also Thesaurus:instruction
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instruction f (plural instructions)
- instruction (clarification of this definition is needed)