Meaning of INSTRUMENT in English

INSTRUMENT

(~s)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

An ~ is a tool or device that is used to do a particular task, especially a scientific task.

...~s for cleaning and polishing teeth...

The environment itself will at the same time be measured by about 60 scientific ~s.

N-COUNT: usu with supp

2.

A musical ~ is an object such as a piano, guitar, or flute, which you play in order to produce music.

Learning a musical ~ introduces a child to an understanding of music.

N-COUNT: oft supp N

3.

An ~ is a device that is used for making measurements of something such as speed, height, or sound, for example on a ship or plane or in a car.

...crucial ~s on the control panel.

N-COUNT: oft supp N

4.

Something that is an ~ for achieving a particular aim is used by people to achieve that aim.

The veto has been a traditional ~ of diplomacy for centuries.

N-COUNT: oft N of n

5.

see also stringed ~ , wind ~

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