instrument has definitions from the fields of writing,work,music,grammar
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[ noun ] a device that requires skill for proper use

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

You definitely hear some of the instruments close_up and others farther back , with the difference in placement apparently more distinct than would result from the nearer instruments merely being louder than the ones farther back .

You definitely hear some of the instruments close_up and others farther back , with the difference in placement apparently more distinct than would result from the nearer instruments merely being louder than the ones farther back .

Only_too often , however , you have the feeling that you are sitting in a room with some of the instruments lined_up on one wall to your left and others facing them on the wall to your right .

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

Since it requires only five players , it would seem to fall_into the category of chamber_music - yet it calls_for a double_bass , an instrument generally regarded_as symphonic .

The twenty-five year old recording offers rather faded string tone , but the balance between the instruments is good and the transfer is very quiet .

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[ noun ] the means whereby some act is accomplished

Synonyms

tool

Examples

"my greed was the instrument of my destruction" "science has given us new tools to fight disease"

Used in print

(William C. Smith, "Why Fear Ideas?"...)

What of the efficiency of this natural instrument of free discussion ?

(1961 Research Highlights of the National Bureau of...)

When values of temperature derived with this instrument were compared with the accepted values associated with liquid helium 4 vapor_pressures , differences of about 10 and 7 millidegrees respectively were found .

Related terms

means

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[ noun ] (work) a person used by another to gain an end

Synonyms

cat's-paw pawn

Used in print

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

Finally , it gives sanctity , more than human legitimacy , and even , through super empirical reference , transcendent and supernatural importance to some values ; for_example , marriage as a sacrament , much law-breaking as sinful , occasionally the state as a divine instrument .

Related terms

assistant

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[ verb ] address a legal document to

Related terms

address legal_document

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[ verb ] (music) write an instrumental score for

Synonyms

instrumentate

Related terms

compose music orchestration

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[ noun ] (grammar) the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process

Related terms

participant_role

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[ noun ] (music) any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
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[ verb ] equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling

Related terms

equip

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