instrument

[ in-struh-muh nt ]
/ ˈɪn strə mənt /

noun

verb (used with object)

to equip with instruments, as a machine or manufacturing process: to instrument a space vehicle.
to arrange a composition for musical instruments; orchestrate.

Nearby words

  1. instructions,
  2. instructive,
  3. instructively,
  4. instructor,
  5. instructress,
  6. instrument flying,
  7. instrument landing,
  8. instrument panel,
  9. instrument station,
  10. instrumental

Origin of instrument

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin instrūmentum equip-ment, equivalent to instrū-, stem of instruere to equip (see instruct) + -mentum -ment; see instruct

Related formsun·der·in·stru·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for instrument

instrument

noun (ˈɪnstrəmənt)

verb (ˈɪnstrəˌmɛnt) (tr)

another word for orchestrate (def. 1)
to equip with instruments

Word Origin for instrument

C13: from Latin instrūmentum tool, equipment, from instruere to erect, furnish; see instruct

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Word Origin and History for instrument

instrument

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for instrument

instrument

[ ĭnstrə-mənt ]

n.

A tool or implement, as for surgery.

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