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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·stru·ment /ˈɪn(t)strəmənt/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 in·stru·ment /ˈɪn(t)strəmənt/ 名詞

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology

 儀表 儀器

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·stru·ment n.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·stru·ment v. t.
 1. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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