SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN noun 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 1375–1425; late Middle English instruccio(u)n
-ion Related forms in·struc·tion·al, adjective mis·in·struc·tion, noun non·in·struc·tion·al, adjective non·in·struc·tion·al·ly, adverb o·ver·in·struc·tion, noun pre·in·struc·tion, noun re·in·struc·tion, noun self-in·struc·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-instructional noun 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 Derived Forms instructional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for non-instructional n.
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.
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non-instructional in Science 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.
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