[ in-struh-men-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪn strə mɛnˈteɪ ʃən /


the arranging of music for instruments, especially for an orchestra.
the list of instruments for which a composition is scored.
the use of, or work done by, instruments.
the science of developing, manufacturing, and utilizing instruments, especially those used in science and industry.

Origin of instrumentation

1835–45; instrument (v.) + -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for instrumentation

/ (ˌɪnstrəmɛnˈteɪʃən) /


the instruments specified in a musical score or arrangement
the arrangement of a piece of music for an orchestra; orchestration
the study of the characteristics of musical instruments
the use of instruments or tools
means; agency
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