Meaning of INSTRUMENT in English

INSTRUMENT

/ ˈɪnstrəmənt; NAmE / noun

1.

a tool or device used for a particular task, especially for delicate or scientific work :

surgical / optical / precision, etc. instruments

instruments of torture

2.

= musical instrument :

Is he learning an instrument?

brass / stringed, etc. instruments

3.

a device used for measuring speed, distance, temperature, etc. in a vehicle or on a piece of machinery :

the flight instruments

the instrument panel

4.

instrument of / for sth ( formal ) something that is used by sb in order to achieve sth; a person or thing that makes sth happen :

The law is not the best instrument for dealing with family matters.

an instrument of change

5.

instrument of sb/sth ( formal ) a person who is used and controlled by sb/sth that is more powerful :

an instrument of fate

6.

( law ) a formal legal document

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WORD ORIGIN

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

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