What is instrument?

  • (noun): A device that requires skill for proper use.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on instrument:

... A planisphere is a star chart analog computing instrument in the form of two adjustable disks that rotate on a common pivot ... It is an instrument to assist in learning how to recognize stars and constellations ... The astrolabe, an instrument that has its origins in the Hellenistic civilization, is a predecessor of the modern planisphere ...
Hummel (instrument) - History
... The instrument was common in the Netherlands, Northern Germany and Denmark during the 18th century ... The earliest evidence of the instrument in Swedish folk culture is from the 17th century, and it seems to have been most common in the southern parts of the country ... During the 19th century, the hummel was considered to be a primitive peasant instrument and its popularity dwindled, but some enthusiasts have taken up playing it ...
Instrument - Other
... Instrumental variable, a method used in statistics Financial instrument, a formal documentation of a financial transaction General Instrument, an electronics manufacturing company ...
Negotiable Instrument - In The United States - Negotiation and Endorsement
... obligor and obligee can become parties to a negotiable instrument ... in which this is done is by placing one's signature on the instrument (“endorsement”) if the person who signs does so with the intention of obtaining ... An endorsement which purports to transfer the instrument to a specified person is a special endorsement – for example, "Pay to the order of Amy" An endorsement by the payee or holder which does ...
Electronic Organ - History - Early Electric Organs (1897-1930s)
... Thaddeus Cahill's gargantuan and controversial instrument, the Telharmonium, which began piping music to New York City establishments over the ... used by Laurens Hammond in his organ design, and the 200-ton instrument served as the world's first demonstration of electrically-produced music on a grand scale ...

More definitions of "instrument":

  • (verb): Equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling.
  • (verb): Address a legal document to.
  • (noun): The means whereby some act is accomplished.
    Example: "My greed was the instrument of my destruction"
    Synonyms: tool
  • (verb): Write an instrumental score for.
    Synonyms: instrumentate
  • (noun): The semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process.
    Synonyms: instrumental role
  • (noun): A person used by another to gain an end.
    Synonyms: pawn, cat's-paw
  • (noun): Any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds.
    Synonyms: musical instrument

Famous quotes containing the word instrument:

    I have an intense personal interest in making the use of American capital in the development of China an instrument for the promotion of the welfare of China, and an increase in her material prosperity without entanglements or creating embarrassment affecting the growth of her independent political power, and the preservation of her territorial integrity.
    William Howard Taft (1857–1930)

    I doused the fatal instrument with lightning promptitude, but it was a good seven minutes before the last indignant handkerchief had folded its wings and gone back to its reticule and the last manufactured cough died protestingly away.
    Margaret Halsey (b. 1910)

    To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.
    —G.C. (Georg Christoph)