in·stru·ment /ˈɪn(t)strəmənt/ 名詞
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.
Syn: -- Tool; implement; utensil; machine; apparatus; channel; agent.
In·stru·ment v. t.
1. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.
n 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"; "science has given us
new tools to fight disease" [syn: tool]
3: a person used by another to gain an end [syn: pawn, cat's-paw]
4: (law) a document that states some contractual relationship
or grants some right [syn: 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 [syn: instrumental
6: any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to
produce musical tones or sounds [syn: musical instrument]
v 1: equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or
2: write an instrumental score for [syn: instrumentate]
3: address a legal document to