See also: Instrument
instrument (plural instruments)
- A device used to produce music.
- The violinist was a master of her instrument.
- A means or agency for achieving an effect.
1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, in The Tremarn Case:
- “There the cause of death was soon ascertained ; the victim of this daring outrage had been stabbed to death from ear to ear with a long, sharp instrument, in shape like an antique stiletto, which […] was subsequently found under the cushions of the hansom. […]”
- A measuring or displaying device.
- The instrument detected an increase in radioactivity.
- A tool, implement used for manipulation or measurement.
- The dentist set down his tray of instruments. The scientist recorded the temperature with a thermometer but wished he had a more accurate instrument."
- (law) A legal document, such as a contract, deed, trust, mortgage, power, indenture, or will.
- A bond indenture is the instrument that gives a bond its value.
- Negotiable instruments are the foundation of the debt markets.
- (figuratively) A person used as a mere tool for achieving a goal.
- Or useful serving man and instrument, / To any sovereign state.
- The bold are but the instruments of the wise.
- See also Thesaurus:instrument
Terms derived from instrument
person used as a mere tool
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Translations to be checked
- (transitive) To apply measuring devices.
- (transitive) To devise, conceive, cook up, plan.
- To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument.
- a sonata instrumented for orchestra
- (to apply measuring devices): measure, supervise
- (to devise, conceive):
- (to perform on an instrument): play
- (to prepare for an instrument): arrange
instrument m (plural instruments)
- “instrument” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
instrument m (plural instrumens)
- an instrument
- an instrument
Declension of instrument