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instrument (means)

Definition:

the means whereby some act is accomplished

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Related to:

instrumental

Plural:

instruments

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

my greed was the instrument of my destruction

Synonyms:

tool

Etymology:

"musical instrument", from Old French instrument, from Latin instrumentem "a...
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New World Dictionary:

instrument

a thing by means of which something is done; means ; a person used by another to bring something about | a tool or implement, especially one used for ... (28 of 126 words, 8 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

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

A means by which something is done; an agency. | One used by another to accomplish a purpose; a dupe. | An implement used to facilitate work. | A ... (26 of 124 words, 9 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

instrument | orchestrate [sense-specific] | dupe [synonym, sense-specific] | tool [synonym, sense-specific]

a mechanical implement or tool, especially one used for precision work | [music] any of various contrivances or mechanisms that can be played to ... (23 of 546 words, 10 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wikipedia:

Instrument [disambiguation]

may refer to: Instrument (film), a documentary of the band Fugazi, directed by Jem Cohen | Instruments (application), a performance visualizer | Flight instruments, the devices used to measure the speed, altitude, and pertinent flight angles of various... (36 of 321 words, 28 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

instrument [entry 1, noun] | dupe [synonym, sense-specific] | tool [synonym, sense-specific] | certification [synonym, sense-specific] | document [synonym, sense-specific] | certificate [synonym, sense-specific] | credentials [similar, sense-specific] | diploma [similar, sense-specific] | parchment [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a device used to produce music ; also, a singing voice | a means whereby something is achieved, performed, or furthered ; one used by another as a ... (27 of 180 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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instrument [entry 2, verb] | orchestrate [synonym, sense-specific]

to address a legal instrument to | to score for musical performance; "orchestrate" | to equip with instruments especially for measuring and recording ... (21 of 39 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

instrument | musical instrument

a tool or implement, especially one for precision work | a measuring device used to gauge the level, position, speed, etc. of something, especially a ... (24 of 173 words, 7 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

instrument [countable] | instruments [plural]

a tool or piece of equipment used in science, medicine, or technology ; a ... | a musical instrument, for example a piano or a guitar | an object that ... (28 of 138 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

instrument

a mechanical tool or implement, especially one used for delicate or precision work. | a contrivance or apparatus for producing musical sounds. | a ... (22 of 133 words, 9 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

instrument [entry 1] | musical instrument

an object, such as a piano, guitar or drum, which is played to produce musical sounds (16 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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instrument [entry 2]

a tool or other device, especially one without electrical power, used for performing a particular piece of work | a device used for measuring speed, ... (24 of 94 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

instrument | instruments [plural] | instrumented [past tense] | instrumenting [present participle] | play [synonym, sense-specific] | arrange [synonym, sense-specific]

A device used to produce music. | A means or agency for achieving an effect. | A measuring or displaying device. | A tool, implement used for manipulation or measurement. | [law] A legal document, such as a contract, deed, trust, mortgage, power, ... (39 of 92 words, 9 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

tool

an instrument for making material changes on other objects, as by cutting, shearing, striking, rubbing, grinding, squeezing, measuring, or other ... (20 of 989 words, 1 image)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

instrumental

in the grammar of certain languages (e.g., Russian), the case referring to means or instrument. The Latin ablative may in some instances be termed ... (24 of 27 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

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

a tool or mechanical device, especially one used for precision work in science, medicine, or technology | an object used to produce music, e.g. a ... (24 of 187 words, 8 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861621622​/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)

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Oxford Dictionary:

instrument | musical instrument

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

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New World Dictionary:

instrument

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

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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".

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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.

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Merriam-Webster:

instrument [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

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

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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"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

instrument [countable] | instruments [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "instrument"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

instrument [countable] | instruments [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "instrument"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

instrument [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "instrument"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "instrument"

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the Free Dictionary:

instrument

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Google Dictionary:

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

Audio: English pronunciation of "instrument"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

instrument

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instrument

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YourDictionary Audio:

instrument

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freedictionary.org:

instrument

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