- 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 instructions
Gang warlords, locked down in Super Maxes like Pelican Bay pass on instructions to thousands of followers.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
December 11, 2014
Instead, the song was listed as “blank-blank-blank-blank Tha Police” with the instructions to “fill in the blanks.”A Brief History of the Phrase 'F*ck the Police'
August 23, 2014
Dickens greeted the crowd, gave a few tips and instructions, then led us in a countdown from ten to one.Chicago’s Running of the Bulls
July 26, 2014
There was a phone booth with instructions in English for making direct international calls.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
There was no instructions given and no direction whatsoever from us.Norway’s Controversial Human Zoo Is Back
May 19, 2014
Your own confessions, Eudora, do not speak well for her instructions.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
You will need practice to reap the full benefit of my instructions.Brave and Bold
To this I was further prompted by the nature of my instructions.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
Traditions and instructions helped me in that they built the ship in which I was to put to sea.The Conquest of Fear
When he had completed his instructions to the stenographer, Burke turned to Gilder and Demarest.Within the Law
- directions, orders, or recommended rules for guidance, use, etc
- law the facts and details relating to a case given by a client to his solicitor or by a solicitor to a barrister with directions to conduct the caseto take instructions
- 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 instructions
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.