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Definition 1: the means whereby some act is accomplished - [noun denoting act]

Samples where instrument or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for instrument in the sense of this definition

(instrument is a kind of ...) thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end

"a means of control" "an example is the best agency of instruction" "the true way to success"

Definition 2: a device that requires skill for proper use - [noun denoting artifact]

(instrument is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument that performs analyses

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument designed to aid vision

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument (usually driven by a computer) for drawing graphs or pictures

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument used by scientists

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument that uses the differential transmission and reflection of ultrasonic waves in order to provide an image of a bodily organ

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument used by surveyors

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument used to make tracings

(... is a kind of instrument ) any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting

"he was licensed to carry a weapon"

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument used for navigating

(... is a kind of instrument ) instrument used in the practice of medicine

(... is a kind of instrument ) instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person

(... is a kind of instrument ) a free-reeded instrument with a piano keyboard in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument for extracting tight-fitting components

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.

"medieval engines of war"

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument used by a draftsman in making drawings

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument or substance used to destroy tissue for medical reasons (eg removal of a wart) by burning it with a hot iron or an electric current or a caustic or by freezing it

(... is a kind of instrument ) an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping

Definition 3: any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for instrument in the sense of this definition

(instrument is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of instrument ) a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs

(... is a kind of instrument ) a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound

(... is a kind of instrument ) a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another

(... is a kind of instrument ) produces music by means of pins on a revolving cylinder that strike the tuned teeth of a comb-like metal plate

(... is a kind of instrument ) a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard

(... is a kind of instrument ) a small lyre-shaped musical instrument that is placed between the teeth and played by twanging a wire tongue while changing the shape of the mouth cavity

(... is a kind of instrument ) a musical instrument that generates sounds electronically

(... is a kind of instrument ) a musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles played from a keyboard

(... is a kind of instrument ) the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments

(... is a kind of instrument ) a stringed instrument that produces sounds by means of a wheel that rubs against the strings

(... is a kind of instrument ) a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by bellows or the human breath

Definition 4: (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for instrument in the sense of this definition

(instrument is a kind of ...) writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)

(... is a kind of instrument ) the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another

(... is a kind of instrument ) a written instrument legally conveying property to a trustee often used to secure an obligation such as a mortgage or promissory note

(... is a kind of instrument ) document effecting a property transfer

(... is a kind of instrument ) document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability

"his gross income was enough that he had to file a tax return"

(... is a kind of instrument ) a legal document giving official permission to do something

(... is a kind of instrument ) an official document granting a right or privilege

(... is a kind of instrument ) the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision

"opinions are usually written by a single judge"

(... is a kind of instrument ) a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation

(... is a kind of instrument ) (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer

(... is a kind of instrument ) a document giving an official instruction or command

(... is a kind of instrument ) written declaration made under oath; a written statement sworn to be true before someone legally authorized to administer an oath

(... is a kind of instrument ) a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties

(... is a kind of instrument ) a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense

(... is a kind of instrument ) a formal document charging a public official with misconduct in office

(... is a kind of instrument ) a legal document calling someone to court to answer an indictment

(... is a kind of instrument ) a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it

"he signed the deed" "he kept the title to his car in the glove compartment"

(... is a kind of instrument ) a document written by someone still legally capable requesting that he should be allowed to die if subsequently severely disabled or suffering terminal illness

"after he discovered he had AIDS he drew up a living will"

(... is a kind of instrument ) a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die

(... is a kind of instrument ) a legal document that creates a corporation; it is filed with a state by the founders of a corporation and is governed by the laws of the state

(... is a kind of instrument ) a financial instrument whose value is based on another security

(... is a kind of instrument ) an unconditional order or promise to pay an amount of money

(... is a kind of instrument ) a document issued by a country to a citizen allowing that person to travel abroad and re-enter the home country

(... is a kind of instrument ) official papers which a ship is legally required to have; related to ownership, cargo, etc.

(... is a kind of instrument ) a customs document listing the contents put on a ship or plane

(... is a kind of instrument ) a certificate or voucher acknowledging a debt

(... is a kind of instrument ) a legal instrument authorizing someone to act as the grantor's agent

(... is a kind of instrument ) legal document naming someone to administer an estate when no executor has been named

(... is a kind of instrument ) a legal document from a probate court or court officer informing you of your appointment as executor of a will and empowering you to discharge those responsibilities

(... is a kind of instrument ) a legal document giving information required for employment of certain people in certain countries

(... is a kind of instrument ) a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body

(... is a kind of instrument ) legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity

"there is a law against kidnapping"

(... is a kind of instrument ) a statute in draft before it becomes law

"they held a public hearing on the bill"

(... is a kind of instrument ) a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case

(... is a kind of instrument ) a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends

"he held several valuable securities"

(instrument belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 5: the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for instrument in the sense of this definition

(instrument is a kind of ...) (linguistics) the underlying relation that a constituent has with the main verb in a clause

Definition 6: a person used by another to gain an end - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for instrument in the sense of this definition

(instrument is a kind of ...) a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

"my invaluable assistant" "they hired additional help to finish the work"

Definition 7: address a legal document to - [verb of communication]

(instrument is a kind of ...) put an address on (an envelope)

Definition 8: write an instrumental score for - [verb of creation]

Synonyms for instrument in the sense of this definition

(instrument is a kind of ...) write music

"Beethoven composed nine symphonies"

(instrument belongs to category ...) any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds

"he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes"

Definition 9: equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling - [verb of possession]

(instrument is a kind of ...) provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

"The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food, and other necessities"

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