- 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 instructional
Instructional materials and approaches that motivate, stimulate, and engage students.What It Takes to Fix American Education
November 23, 2014
Rather than be instructional or cautionary, the show turns its subjects into feasting zoo objects for audiences to gawk at.‘The Man With the 132 Lb. Scrotum’: TLC’s Lowest Show Yet?
August 1, 2013
The instructional clip joins the canon of bizarre workplace training videos released over the years.Outlandish Work Training Videos: Alabama’s Mass Shooting Film & More
January 3, 2013
In 2000, 500 women participated in instructional handgun-shooting clinics with the NRA nationwide.141st Annual Meeting: NRA Gets in Touch With Its Feminine Side
April 16, 2012
Each week, Trinidad posts a new recipe with instructional photographs.Haute McNuggets
September 29, 2009
The answer house had been set up as an instructional device.The Guardians
We had the assistance of three or four of the instructional officers.The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon
Jos Maria Gordon
Our instructional staff for equitation is thoroughly satisfactory.Cavalry in Future Wars
Frederick von Bernhardi.
The instructional classes, once established, ran on very smoothly.The Red Watch
J. A. Currie
For instructional purposes I varied the design of the faces.Life in an Indian Outpost
- 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 instructional
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.