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Noun: instrument  in-stru-munt
  1. A device that requires skill for proper use
     
  2. The means whereby some act is accomplished
    "my greed was the instrument of my destruction";
    - tool
     
  3. A person used by another to gain an end
    - pawn, cat's-paw
     
  4. (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
    - legal document, legal instrument, official document
     
  5. The semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process
    - instrumental role
     
  6. Any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
    - musical instrument
Verb: instrument  in-stru-munt
  1. Equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling
     
  2. (music) write an instrumental score for
    - instrumentate
     
  3. Address a legal document to

Derived forms: instrumented, instrumenting, instruments

Type of: address, agency, aid, assistant, compose, device, direct, document, equip, fit, fit out, help, helper, means, outfit, papers, participant role, semantic role, supporter, way, write, written document

Encyclopedia: Instrument