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instrument (assistant)

Definition:

a person used by another to gain an end

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

instruments

Type of:

assistant » worker » person » organism

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

cat's-paw | pawn

Etymology:

"musical instrument", from Old French instrument, from Latin instrumentem "a...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of instrument...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

cat's-paw | dupe [synonym, sense-specific]

a person used by another as a tool; dupe | [nautical] a hitch in the form of two loops, or eyes, in the bight of a line, used for attaching it to a ... (32 of 318 words, 3 definitions)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cat-s-paw

Merriam-Webster:

cat's-paw | cat's-paws [plural] | dupe [synonym, sense-specific] | instrument [synonym, sense-specific] | lay figure [synonym, sense-specific] | puppet [synonym, sense-specific] | tool [synonym, sense-specific] | chump [similar, sense-specific] | foil [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a light air that ruffles the surface of the water in irregular patches during a calm | one used by another as a tool; "dupe" | a hitch knot formed ... (28 of 113 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cat's-paw

Wiktionary:

cat's-paw | cat's-paws [plural] | cats'-paws [plural] | cat's paw [sense-specific] | catspaw [sense-specific]

[figurative] A pawn or dupe; somebody who has been unwittingly tricked into acting in another's interest. | A knot of a certain kind resembling a lark's-foot hitch; see cat's paw for more detailed information. | A breeze that ruffles patches of a water... (41 of 84 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cat's-paw

American Heritage Dictionary:

cat's-paw | cat's-paws [plural] | catspaws [plural] | catspaw [sense-specific]

A person used by another as a dupe or tool. | A light breeze that ruffles small areas of a water surface. | [nautical] A knot made by twisting a ... (28 of 73 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cat-s-paw

Random House Dictionary:

cat's-paw | catspaw [sense-specific]

a person used to serve the purposes of another; tool. | [nautical] ; a hitch made in the bight of a rope so that two eyes are formed to hold the hook ... (31 of 70 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/cats-paw

New World Dictionary:

cat's-paw

a person used by another to do dangerous, distasteful, or unlawful work; ... | a light breeze that ripples the surface of water | [nautical] a hitch ... (25 of 63 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cat-s-paw

Oxford Dictionary:

cat's-paw

Syllabification: (cat's-paw) | a person who is used by another, typically to carry out an unpleasant or dangerous task. (18 of 21 words, 2 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/cat's--paw

Wikipedia:

Pawn [disambiguation]

may refer to: Pawn (chess), the weakest and most numerous piece in the game | Pawn, another name for a pledge (law) in certain jurisdictions Pawnshop/pawnbroker | Pawn (programming language), an embeddable programming language | Doris Pawn (1894-1988),... (35 of 130 words, 10 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Pawn

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pawn [countable] | pawns [plural]

one of the eight small pieces that each player has in a game of chess | a person who is being used by someone who is more powerful to help them ... (30 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pawn

pawn [transitive, verb] | pawned [past tense] | pawning [present participle] | pawns [3rd-person singular present]

to give something valuable to a pawnbroker, so that you can borrow some money (14 of 47 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pawn 7

Cambridge Dictionary:

pawn [entry 1]

any one of the eight least valuable pieces in the game of chess which are all the same | a person who does not have any real power but is used by ... (31 of 54 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pawn 1

pawn [entry 2] | in pawn

left with a pawnbroker (4 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pawn 2

pawn [entry 3]

to leave a possession with a pawnbroker, for which they give money but which they can also sell if the money is not paid back within a particular time (29 of 42 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pawn 3

Encarta Dictionary:

cat's-paw | cat's-paws [plural]

a victim of trickery who is manipulated into doing something for another person | a knot with two loops, used for attaching a rope to a hook (26 of 40 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861694211​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

instrument

First use: late 13th century

Origin: "musical instrument", from Old French instrument, from Latin instrumentem "a tool, apparatus, furniture, dress, document", from ... (19 of 50 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=instrument

Oxford Dictionary:

instrument | musical instrument

Origin: Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin instrumentum "equipment, implement", from the verb instruere "construct, equip"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/instrument

New World Dictionary:

instrument

Origin: Old French from Latin instrumentum, a tool or tools, stock, furniture, dress from instruere: see "instruct"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/instrument

American Heritage Dictionary:

instrument | instrumented [past tense] | instrumenting [present participle] | instruments [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin īnstrūmentum, tool, implement, from īnstruere, to prepare; see "instruct".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/instrument

Collins Dictionary:

instrument

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Latin instrūmentum tool, equipment, from instruere to erect, furnish; see instruct

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/instrument

Wiktionary:

instrument | instruments [plural] | instrumented [past tense] | instrumenting [present participle]

Origin: Latin īnstrūmentum ("an implement, tool"). suffix -mentum.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/instrument

Merriam-Webster:

instrument [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin instrumentum, from instruere to arrange, instruct

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/instrument

Encarta Dictionary:

instrument | instruments [plural] | instrumented [past tense] | instrumenting [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: French from Latin instrumentum from instruere "prepare"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861621622​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

instrument | instruments [plural] | instrumented [past tense] | instrumenting [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "instrument"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/instrument

Macmillan British Dictionary:

instrument [countable] | instruments [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "instrument"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/instrument

Macmillan American Dictionary:

instrument [countable] | instruments [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "instrument"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/instrument

Cambridge Dictionary:

instrument [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "instrument"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "instrument"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/instrument 2

the Free Dictionary:

instrument

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "instrument"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "instrument"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "instrument" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/instrument

Google Dictionary:

instrument | instruments [plural] | instrumented [past tense] | instrumenting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "instrument"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=instrument

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

instrument

Audio: North American pronunciation of "instrument"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=instru​08 word=instrument

instrument

Audio: North American pronunciation of "instrument"

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YourDictionary Audio:

instrument

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "instrument" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

instrument

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "instrument" by speech synthesizer

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