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  Definition of instrument
  1. the means whereby some act is accomplished; "my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; "science has given us new tools to fight disease"
  2. a device that requires skill for proper use
  3. any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
  4. the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process
  5. (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
  6. a person used by another to gain an end
  7. address a legal document to
  8. write an instrumental score for
  9. equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling
Similar Words: tool, musical instrument, instrumental role, legal document, legal instrument, official document, pawn, cat's-paw, instrumentate

 

Hyponyms: analyzer, analyser, cautery, cauterant, drafting instrument, extractor, instrument of execution, instrument of punishment, measuring instrument, measuring system, measuring device, medical instrument, navigational instrument, optical instrument, plotter, scientific instrument, sonograph, surveying instrument, surveyor's instrument, tracer, weapon, arm, weapon system, whip, barrel organ, grind organ, hand organ, hurdy gurdy, street organ, bass, calliope, steam organ, celesta, electronic instrument, jew's harp, jews' harp, mouth bow, music box, musical box, percussion instrument, percussive instrument, stringed instrument, wind instrument, wind, derivative instrument, derivative, negotiable instrument, passport, ship's papers, manifest, debenture, power of attorney, letters of administration, letters testamentary, working papers, work papers, work permit, act, enactment, law, bill, measure, brief, legal brief, will, testament, living will, deed, deed of conveyance, title, assignment, trust deed, deed of trust, conveyance, tax return, income tax return, return, license, licence, permit, patent, letters patent, opinion, legal opinion, judgment, judgement, acquittance, release, writ, judicial writ, mandate, authorization, authorisation, affidavit, written agreement, indictment, bill of indictment, impeachment, arraignment, security, certificate

 

Derivational Morphology: instrumentate, legal document, legal instrument, official document, musical instrument, orchestration, instrumentation, tool, instrumentality

 

Language Translations:
Bosnian: alat   Chinese: 乐器  
Dutch: instrument   Finnish: soitin and väline  
French: instrument   German: Instrument and Werkzeug  
Greek: όργανο and εργαλείο   Italian: strumento  
Japanese: 楽器   Korean: 도구 and 악기  
Latin: instrumentum and organum   Malayalam: സംഗീത ഉപകരണം  
Norwegian: instrument and redskap   Portuguese: instrumento  
Russian: инструмент   Slovene: instrument and orodje  
Spanish: instrumento   Swedish: instrument  
 
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