What is instrument?

  • (verb): Equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on instrument:

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 telephone system in 1897, predated the advent of ... in his organ design, and the 200-ton instrument served as the world's first demonstration of electrically-produced music on a grand scale ...
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 again since the folk ...
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
... can become parties to a negotiable instrument ... The most common manner in which this is done is by placing one's signature on the instrument (“endorsement”) if the person who signs does so with the. 204–206 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 ...
... 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 ...

More definitions of "instrument":

  • (noun): A device that requires skill for proper use.
  • (noun): The means whereby some act is accomplished.
    Example: "My greed was the instrument of my destruction"
    Synonyms: tool
  • (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
  • (verb): Write an instrumental score for.
    Synonyms: instrumentate
  • (noun): Any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds.
    Synonyms: musical instrument
  • (verb): Address a legal document to.

Famous quotes containing the word instrument:

    People of talent resemble a musical instrument more closely than they do a musician. Without outside help, they produce not a single sound, but given even the slightest touch, and a magnificent tune emanates from them.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791–1872)

    A poet is a combination of an instrument and a human being in one person, with the former gradually taking over the latter. The sensation of this takeover is responsible for timbre; the realization of it, for destiny.
    Joseph Brodsky (b. 1940)

    Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
    Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948)