verb (used with object)
Origin of instrument
Examples from the Web for instrument
Law has been rebuilt in the last 50 years to be an instrument of control, not a framework for human responsibility.
And the chord structure, for those of you who play an instrument, is unexpected and worth checking out.
On the other hand, they might have this lawsuit to thank for putting an instrument in their hands in the first place.‘No Stairway, Denied!’ Led Zeppelin Lawsuit Winds on Down the Road|Keith Phipps|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was the instrument God had chosen to introduce me to my spiritual path and guru.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More|Gary Wright|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Today we know that the Big Bertha was an instrument not of “strikes” but war.
Maybe we'll have to relay him some instrument checks, to keep him busy.Suzy|Watson Parker
This has now been rendered possible for the first time, by means of the instrument described in this chapter.The Problems of Psychical Research|Hereward Carrington
Seizing the instrument, he clapped it to his lips, and blew a clarion call.The Boy Scouts' First Camp Fire|Herbert Carter
Then he told her how to adjust her spark-gap and tune the instrument to any given wave-length.The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol|Lewis E. Theiss
An incision was made in the fleshy part of the nose, between the eyes, by a sharp-pointed knife or some other instrument.The Arctic Whaleman|Lewis Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for instrument
- a device or system for use in navigation or control, esp of aircraft
- (as modifier)instrument landing
verb (ˈɪnstrəˌmɛnt) (tr)
Word Origin for instrument
Word Origin and History for instrument
late 13c., "musical instrument," from Old French instrument "means, device; musical instrument" (14c., earlier estrument, 13c.) and directly from Latin instrumentem "a tool, apparatus, furniture, dress, document," from instruere "arrange, furnish" (see instruct). Meaning "tool, implement, utensil" is early 14c. in English; meaning "written document by which formal expression is given to a legal act" is from early 15c.