from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Serving as a means or agency; implemental: was instrumental in solving the crime.
- adj. Of, relating to, or accomplished with an instrument or tool.
- adj. Music Performed on or written for an instrument.
- adj. Grammar Of, relating to, or being the case used typically to express means, agency, or accompaniment.
- adj. Of or relating to instrumentalism.
- n. Grammar The instrumental case.
- n. A word or form in the instrumental case.
- n. Music A composition for one or more instruments, usually without vocal accompaniment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Acting as an instrument; serving as a means; contributing to promote; conductive; helpful; serviceable; essential or central.
- adj. Pertaining to, made by, or prepared for, an instrument, especially a musical instrument.
- adj. Applied to a case expressing means or agency, generally indicated in English by by or with with the objective.
- n. The instrumental case.
- n. A composition without lyrics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Acting as an instrument; serving as a means; contributing to promote; conductive; helpful; serviceable.
- adj. Pertaining to, made by, or prepared for, an instrument, esp. a musical instrument.
- adj. Applied to a case expressing means or agency. This is found in Sanskrit and Russian as a separate case, but in Greek it was merged into the dative, and in Latin into the ablative. In Old English it was a separate case, but has disappeared, leaving only a few anomalous forms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the nature of an instrument or tool; serving as an instrument or means; used or serving to promote or effect an object; helpful; serviceable: as, the press has been instrumental in enlarging the bounds of knowledge.
- Pertaining to, made by, or prepared for instruments, especially musical instruments.
- In grammar, serving to indicate the instrument or means: applied to a case, as in Sanskrit, involving the notion of by or with.
- n. An instrument.
- n. The instrumental case. Compare I., 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or designed for or performed on musical instruments
- adj. serving or acting as a means or aid
The term instrumental rationality is used because the definition views the actor as pursuing goals, to which he or she is committed for reasons irrelevant to the definition.
O'Neill (2000) situates the Kantian account of reason against three alternatives, which she labels the instrumental, the communitarian, and the perfectionist.
Composed for sampler (Gosfield), wailing guitar (Roger Kleier), and virtuoso drums/percussion (Joe Berardi), the musical feel was of a powerful but cruder variation of the above Sparks, this time in a rock-inflected, heavy metal style, like a long Grateful Dead instrumental from the 70's pounding relentlessly to conclusion.
(Finally, I know why that instrumental is called "YYZ.")
Hanoi, was also instrumental is giving me a better understanding of the
If you're a fan of rockin ', instrumental guitar music than picking up Merry Axemas is a no-brainer.
Judge Schmidt even lavished an "enhancement"—legalese for "bonus"—of $4 million for Baker Botts's efforts that he called "instrumental in producing the exceptional results that were unanticipated at case commencement."
I just like some songs because their rythmn or instrumental is appealing.
Short (5 - to 7-year) and longer term (50 - to 80-year) variations in the sea - level atmospheric pressure fields, possible contributions from greenhouse gas warming, and the lack of long-term instrumental records make interpretation of AO variations since the 1960s difficult .
Sorvari et al. , using high-resolution (3 – 10 yr) paleolimnological data from five remote and unpolluted lakes in Finnish Lapland, found a distinct change in diatom assemblages that parallels the post-19th century arctic temperature increase detected by examination of regional long-term instrumental data, historical records of ice cover, and tree-ring measurements.