instrument

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[In┬Ěstru*ment]

An instrument is usually a tool for making music, like a piano or a guitar, but it can also be used for almost any kind of tool or thing you use to get something done.

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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.

Noun
the means whereby some act is accomplished; "my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; "science has given us new tools to fight disease"

Noun
a device that requires skill for proper use

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any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds

Noun
the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process

Noun
(law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

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Noun
a person used by another to gain an end

Verb
address a legal document to

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write an instrumental score for

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equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling


n.
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.

n.
A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument.

n.
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.

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One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent.

v. t.
To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.


Instrument

In"stru*ment , n. [F. instrument, L. instrumentum. See Instruct.] 1. 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.
All the lofty instruments of war.
2. A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument.
Praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
But signs when songs and instruments he hears.
3. (Law) 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. Burrill. 4. One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent.
Or useful serving man and instrument, To any sovereign state.
The bold are but the instruments of the wise.
Syn. -- Tool; implement; utensil; machine; apparatus; channel; agent.

Instrument

In"stru*ment , v. t. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.

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.

To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.

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Usage Examples

I think I came across Cecil Taylor a bit later, in 65 or 66. That really impressed me - Cecil Taylor is an amazing character... Both his music and the way he approaches the instrument are astonishing.

After my second-to-last record, 'The Greatest', I had gone on tour for a while, and I didn't play an instrument for about five years. And I got kind of - it's not self-esteem or whatever, or anger toward myself - but disappointed in myself that I hadn't been challenging myself to learn musically.

In the heat of the Russian summer a sleeping car is the most horrible instrument of martyrdom imaginable.

It is up to African leaders to show their will and political courage in order to assure that this new pan-African institution becomes an efficient instrument and not a place for endless discussions.

I came from somewhat of a musical family. I had an uncle on Broadway. My dad kind of knows how to play instruments. Although, I always find it annoying when he does play an instrument.

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.

A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God... When you have been given something in a moment of grace, it is sacrilegious to be greedy.

I am concerned about the whole man. I am concerned about what the people, using their government as an instrument and a tool, can do toward building the whole man, which will mean a better society and a better world.

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Other Usage Examples

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.

I still have a photo on my wall of the greatest idol I will ever have in my life, and it's myself at eight. Because that's when the forces of imagination have the same value as the real world, when they're an instrument of survival: when my mother disappeared, and I imagined a mother. That was me at my best.

I noticed a lot of guitar players neglected the rhythm part of rhythm guitar and decided I would try to focus in that. As my skill and knowledge of the instrument grew, I found lead started to come naturally. Sometimes I play guitar like a frustrated drummer. Ha ha!

I think when you're learning an instrument, you are restricted because much of it is the noise of individual theory and your ability to play the instrument.

I probably wouldn't be singing if not for Michael Jackson. When I started singing, I didn't like my tone until my mom put me on to Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, so listening to the way they used their instrument helped me get more comfortable with my own.

But I think that any young drummer starting out today should get himself a great teacher and learn all there is to know about the instrument that he wants to play.

As an instrument for practical action, law is responsive to the wisdom of its time, which may be wrong, but it carries forward, sometimes in opposition to this wisdom or passion, a memory of received values.

Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.

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