American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music One who plays an instrument.
- n. An advocate or a student of instrumentalism.
- adj. Of, relating to, or advocating instrumentalism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a performer upon an instrument: opposed to vocalist.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who plays upon an instrument of music, as distinguished from a
- n. someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
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“You would think that science and technology were the only things that are important," he said, adding that this government and its predecessor were "instrumentalist".”
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“These are "instrumentalist" theories, which claim that ideas arise from elite manipulation of the public: elites propagate certain ideas they believe will advance their interests, even if this produces an unintended negative outcome.”
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“He's swinging to a hard- driving beat here, big-band-era style, and showing that he is a major jazz vocalist-instrumentalist to compete with his namesakes, Louis Armstrong and Louis Jordan.”
“Most single voiced instrumentalist are pretty good sight readers, it is the pianist that usually has the problem.”
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