[ in-struh-men-tid ]
/ ˈɪn strəˌmɛn tɪd /


equipped with instruments to perform specified functions, as testing, measurement, or control: an instrumented railroad car.

Origin of instrumented

First recorded in 1945–50; instrument + -ed3

Definition for instrumented (2 of 2)

[ in-struh-muh nt ]
/ ˈɪn strə mənt /


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.

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


un·der·in·stru·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for instrumented

  • A few guys have tried to follow the unmanned, instrumented rockets, out to the system of Saturn.

    The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Off to one side he saw the launch crew moving into an instrumented dugout.

    First on the Moon|Jeff Sutton
  • The instrumented rockets didn't run into them, and they were too light to show clearly on radar.

    The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun

British Dictionary definitions for instrumented


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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Medical definitions for instrumented

[ ĭnstrə-mənt ]


A tool or implement, as for surgery.
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