- the act or practice of instructing or teaching; education.
- knowledge or information imparted.
- an item of such knowledge or information.
- Usually instructions. orders or directions: The instructions are on the back of the box.
- the act of furnishing with authoritative directions.
- Computers. a command given to a computer to carry out a particular operation.
Origin of instruction
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Examples from the Web for instruction
Fridays there is ethics and law of war training and instruction.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
Nancy A. Youssef
January 6, 2015
I was only a little freaked out by the morning's instruction.Knowing Where the Bodies Are Buried: An Excerpt From 'Lives in Ruins'
November 14, 2014
There was no instruction, no direction—there was an overwhelming stampede and hysteria.I Survived a Deadly Shipwreck: Costa Concordia Passengers Tell Their Stories
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 19, 2014
Instruction in how to deliver bad news to patients and support them afterward was very much part of her education.How One Doctor Mastered the Art of Delivering Life-Changing Diagnoses
March 22, 2014
The mayor of Nice reportedly vowed to “bring them to heel” and to give his “instruction manual” to other mayors.Roma Immigrants Have Set France on Edge
Christopher Dickey, Alice Guilhamon
October 4, 2013
Pictures also are occasionally exhibited for his instruction.
Catechization is not a method of instruction by means of questions and answers.
What is to be said about the importance of this instruction?
Linda gave her a few words of instruction concerning the yucca.Her Father's Daughter
The memorial of this excellent woman is short, but replete with instruction.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
- a direction; order
- the process or act of imparting knowledge; teaching; education
- computing a part of a program consisting of a coded command to the computer to perform a specified function
Word Origin and History for instruction
c.1400, instruccioun, "action or process of teaching," from Old French instruccion (14c.), from Latin instructionem (nominative instructio) "building, arrangement, teaching," from past participle stem of instruere "arrange, inform, teach," from in- "on" (see in- (2)) + struere "to pile, build" (see structure (n.)). Meaning "an authoritative direction telling someone what to do; a document giving such directions," is early 15c. Related: Instructions.
- A sequence of bits that tells a computer's central processing unit to perform a particular operation. An instruction can also contain data to be used in the operation.