- (in certain inflected languages, as Old English and Russian) noting or pertaining to a case having as its distinctive function the indication of means or agency, as Old English beseah blīthe andweitan “looked with a happy countenance.”
- noting the affix or other element characteristic of this case, or a word containing such an element.
- similar to such a case form in function or meaning, as the Latin instrumental ablative, gladiō, “by means of a sword.”
- (in case grammar) pertaining to the semantic role of a noun phrase that indicates the inanimate, nonvolitional, immediate cause of the action expressed by a verb, as the rock in The rock broke the window or in I broke the window with the rock.
- the instrumental case.
- a word in the instrumental case.
- a construction of similar meaning.
Origin of instrumental
OTHER WORDS FROM instrumental
Words nearby instrumental
Example sentences from the Web for non-instrumental
Continue your non-instrumental record of the time of beginning19 and ending of the precipitation as before.
The advance over the non-instrumental observations, which latter may be termed observations of sensation, is a decided one.
Imperfect as all non-instrumental registers must be, they nevertheless furnish some idea of the frequency of the after-shocks.A Study of Recent Earthquakes|Charles Davison
British Dictionary definitions for non-instrumental
- the instrumental case
- a word or speech element in the instrumental case