Instrument

Definition of Instrument

In´stru`ment
n.1.
1.That by means of which any work is performed, or result is effected; a tool; a utensil; an implement; a device; as, the instruments of a mechanic; astronomical instruments.
All the lofty instruments of war.
- Shak.
2.A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument.
Praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
- Ps. cl. 4.
But signs when songs and instruments he hears.
- Dryden.
3.(Law) A writing, as the means of giving formal expression to some act; a writing expressive of some act, contract, process, as a deed, contract, writ, etc.
4.One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent; as, their army was primarily an instrument of oppression.
Or useful serving man and instrument,
To any sovereign state.
- Shak.
The bold are but the instruments of the wise.
- Dryden.
v. t.1.To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.
2.To furnish or equip with instruments; to attach instruments to; as, the fighter planes were heavily instrumented; the patient was instrumented to monitor him remotely.

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