Meaning of INSTRUMENT in English


Pronunciation: ' in(t)-str ə -m ə nt

Function: noun

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

Date: 14th century

1 : a device used to produce music also : a singing voice

2 a : a means whereby something is achieved, performed, or furthered b : one used by another as a means or aid : DUPE , TOOL

3 : IMPLEMENT especially : one designed for precision work

4 : a formal legal document (as a deed, bond, or agreement)

5 a : a measuring device for determining the present value of a quantity under observation b : an electrical or mechanical device used in navigating an airplane especially : such a device used as the sole means of navigating

synonyms see IMPLEMENT

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.