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instrumentality (artifact)

Definition:

an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Related to:

instrumental

Plural:

instrumentalities

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

instrumental + -ity.
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of instrumentality...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

instrumentality | instrumental | helpful [synonym, sense-specific]

the state or quality of being instrumental or helpful | a means or agency | a subsidiary government branch | serving as a means or influence; helpful ... (24 of 313 words, 10 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

Wikipedia:

Instrumentality [disambiguation]

can refer to any of the following: The quality or condition of being instrumental | The theory of Instrumentalism in the philosophy of science | The philosophical concept of Instrumental rationality | The science fiction book series Instrumentality of ... (36 of 93 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Instrumentality

Merriam-Webster:

instrumentality | instrumentalities [plural] | means [synonym, sense-specific] | agency [synonym, sense-specific] | instrument [synonym, sense-specific] | agent [synonym, sense-specific] | machinery [synonym, sense-specific] | medium [synonym, sense-specific] | ministry [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the quality or state of being instrumental | "means", "agency" (9 of 92 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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

Wiktionary:

instrumentality | instrumentalities [plural]

[uncountable] The quality or condition of being instrumental; serving a purpose, being useful. | [countable, law] A governmental organ with a specific purpose. | [countable] Something that is instrumental; an instrument (29 of 88 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/instrumentality

Oxford Dictionary:

instrumentality | instrumentalities [plural] | agency [synonym, sense-specific]

the fact or quality of serving as an instrument or means to an end; agency | a thing which serves as a means to an end. (25 of 60 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/instrumentality

American Heritage Dictionary:

instrumentality | instrumentalities [plural]

The state or quality of being instrumental. | A means; an agency. | A subsidiary branch, as of a government, by means of which functions or policies ... (25 of 33 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/instrumentality

Random House Dictionary:

instrumentality | instrumentalities [sense-specific, plural]

the quality or state of being instrumental. | the fact or function of serving some purpose. | a means or agency. (19 of 32 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/instrumentality

New World Dictionary:

instrumentality | instrumentalities [plural]

the condition, quality, or fact of being instrumental, or serving as a means | a means or agency (17 of 23 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/instrumentality

Britannica Encyclopedia:

instrumentation [music] | orchestration [synonym]

in music, arrangement or composition for instruments. Most authorities make little distinction between the words instrumentation and orchestration. ... (18 of 972 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/289418​/instrumentation

instrumentation [technology]

in technology, the development and use of precise measuring equipment. Although the sensory organs of the human body can be extremely sensitive and ... (23 of 879 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/289430​/instrumentation

Columbia Encyclopedia:

orchestra and orchestration | orchestra | orchestration | instrumentation

an orchestra is a musical ensemble of mixed instruments based on strings and winds, under the direction of a conductor, employing four classes of ... (24 of 71 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0836790​.html

Macmillan British Dictionary:

instrumentation [uncountable]

a set of instruments and controls used for operating a machine | [music] the way that a piece of music is arranged for a group of instruments (26 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

instrumentation [entry 1, specialized]

the particular combination of musical instruments that are used to play a piece of music (15 of 24 words, pronunciation)

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

instrumentation [entry 2, specialized]

the set of instruments that are used to operate a machine (11 of 20 words, pronunciation)

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

Encarta Dictionary:

instrumentality | instrumentalities [plural]

the quality or state of being instrumental | interventionist action | a subsidiary branch of a department or agency (17 of 54 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861621626​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

instrumentality | instrumentalities [plural]

Origin: instrumental + -ity.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/instrumentality

instrumental

Origin: Middle English, 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 ... (32 of 37 etymology words)

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-ity

Origin: French -ité, from Middle French -ité, from Old French -ete, -eteit ("-ity"), from Latin -itātem, from -itās, from Proto-Indo-European *-it- (suffix). Cognate with Gothic -___... (25 of 41 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ity

Audio references

the Free Dictionary:

instrumentality

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instrumentation

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Google Dictionary:

instrumentality | instrumentalities [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "instrumentality"

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instrumentation | instrumentations [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

instrumentality

Audio: North American pronunciation of "instrumentality"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=instru​14 word=instrumentality

instrumentation

Audio: North American pronunciation of "instrumentation"

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YourDictionary Audio:

instrumentality

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

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instrumentation

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

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Collins Dictionary:

instrumentation

Audio: British English pronunciation of "instrumentation"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

instrumentation [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "instrumentation"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

instrumentation [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "instrumentation"

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

instrumentation [entry 1, specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "instrumentation"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "instrumentation"

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

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