instrumental

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English instrumental, instrumentale, from Medieval Latin instrumentalis, from instruere (to build into, set up, construct, furnish", hence "to train), from in- (on) + struere (to put together, arrange, pile up, build, construct), from Proto-Indo-European *strew- (to spread, to strew).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɪnstɹəˈmɛntəl/, /ɪnstɹʊˈmɛntəl/
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AdjectiveEdit

instrumental (comparative more instrumental, superlative most instrumental)

  1. essential or central; of great importance or relevance.
    He was instrumental in conducting the business.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, 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 I, scene ii]:
      The head is not more native to the heart, The hand more instrumental to the mouth
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 2, 51:
      Few songwriters have been as instrumental in creating the mold for American music.
  2. (music) Pertaining to, made by, or prepared for, an instrument, especially a musical instrument (rather than the human voice).
    instrumental music
    An instrumental part
  3. (grammar) Applied to a case expressing means or agency, generally indicated in English by by or with with the objective.
    the instrumental case

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NounEdit

instrumental (plural instrumentals)

  1. (grammar) The instrumental case.
  2. (music) A composition written or performed without lyrics, sometimes using a lead instrument to replace vocals.
    • 1977, Stereo Review (volume 38, page 70)
      I recommend this album in the face of the fact that five of the eleven songs are the purest filler, dull instrumentals with a harmonica rifling over an indifferent rhythm section. The rest is magnificent []
  3. (plural only, music) The backing track of a song. The audio of a song without the vocal track.

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AdjectiveEdit

instrumental (masculine and feminine plural instrumentals)

  1. instrumental

FrenchEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

instrumental (feminine singular instrumentale, masculine plural instrumentaux, feminine plural instrumentales)

  1. instrumental

NounEdit

instrumental m (plural instrumentaux)

  1. (grammar) the instrumental case

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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French instrumental.

Instrument +‎ -al

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instrumental (not comparable)

  1. (music) instrumental

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Middle EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Medieval Latin instrumentalis; equivalent to instrument +‎ -al.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /instriu̯mɛnˈtaːl/, /instruˈmɛntal/

AdjectiveEdit

instrumental (rare)

  1. Resembling an instrument in role; instrumental (serving as a means)
  2. Resembling an instrument in use (i.e. being used as a tool)
  3. Resembling a (specific kind of) instrument in appearance.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: instrumental

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PortugueseEdit

AdjectiveEdit

instrumental m or f (plural instrumentais, comparable)

  1. (music) instrumental (having no singing)
  2. (grammar) instrumental (pertaining to the instrumental case)

NounEdit

instrumental m (plural instrumentais)

  1. (uncountable, grammar) instrumental (grammatical case)
  2. (countable, music) instrumental (composition without singing)

Serbo-CroatianEdit

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ȉnstrumentāl m (Cyrillic spelling и̏нструмента̄л)

  1. the instrumental case
  2. (music) a composition made for instruments only or a (version of some) song in which only the instruments are heard

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SloveneEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /íːnstrumɛntal/, /instrumɛntáːl/

NounEdit

ȋnstrumental or instrumentȃl m inan

  1. (grammar) instrumental case
    Synonym: orodnik
  2. (music) instrumental music

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SpanishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

instrumental (plural instrumentales)

  1. instrumental

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