from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A means by which something is done; an agency.
- n. One used by another to accomplish a purpose; a dupe.
- n. An implement used to facilitate work. See Synonyms at tool.
- n. A device for recording, measuring, or controlling, especially such a device functioning as part of a control system.
- n. Music A device for playing or producing music: a keyboard instrument.
- n. A legal document, such as a deed, will, mortgage, or insurance policy.
- transitive v. To provide or equip with instruments.
- transitive v. Music To compose or arrange for performance.
- transitive v. To address a legal document to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device used to produce music.
- n. A measuring or displaying device.
- n. A tool, implement used for manipulation or measurement
- n. A legal document, such as a contract, deed, trust, mortgage, power, indenture, or will.
- n. A person used as a mere tool for achieving a goal.
- v. To apply measuring devices.
- v. To devise, conceive, cook up, plan.
- v. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That by means of which any work is performed, or result is effected; a tool; a utensil; an implement; a device
- n. A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced.
- n. 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.
- n. One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent.
- transitive v. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument.
- transitive v. To furnish or equip with instruments; to attach instruments to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something that serves as a means to the effecting of an end; anything that contributes to the production of an effect or the accomplishment of a purpose; a means; an agency.
- n. Specifically Something used to produce a mechanical effect; a contrivance with which to perform mechanical work of any kind; a tool, implement, utensil, or machine.
- n. Specifically In music, a mechanical contrivance or apparatus for producing musical sounds—that is, for setting up, either in a solid body or in a confined body of air, vibrations sufficiently rapid, regular, and definite to produce tones systematically related to one another.
- n. One who is used by another; a human tool.
- n. In law, a writing given as the means of creating, securing, modifying, or terminating a right, or affording evidence, as a writing containing the terms of a contract, a deed of conveyance, a grant, a patent, an indenture, etc.
- n. See the adjectives. Synonyms Implement, Utensil, etc. See tool.
- In music, to compose or arrange for instruments, especially for an orchestra; score.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. write an instrumental score for
- v. address a legal document to
- n. the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process
- n. the means whereby some act is accomplished
- n. a person used by another to gain an end
- n. (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
- v. equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling
- n. any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
- n. a device that requires skill for proper use
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin īnstrūmentum, tool, implement, from īnstruere, to prepare; see instruct.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin īnstrūmentum ("an implement, tool"). suffix -mentum. (Wiktionary)