Instrument en


  1. (noun) A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument.
  2. (v. t.) To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.
  3. (noun) 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.
  4. (noun) 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.
  5. (noun) One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent.
Word: in·stru·ment
Pronunciation of instrument: 'in(t)-str&-m&nt
Function of instrument: noun
Origin of instrument: Middle English, from Latin instrumentum, from instruere to arrange, instruct
1 : a device used to produce music
2 a : a means whereby something is achieved, performed, or furthered b : one used by another as a means or aid : DUPE, TOOL
3 : IMPLEMENT; especially : one designed for precision work
4 : a formal legal document (as a deed, bond, or agreement)
5 a : a measuring device for determining the present value of a quantity under observation b : an electrical or mechanical device used in navigating an airplane; especially : such a device used as the sole means of navigating
synonym see IMPLEMENT

Synonyms of instrument

Cat's-paw, Pawn, Tool,