What is instrument?

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

Some articles on instrument:

Instrument - Other
... Instrumental variable, a method used in statistics Financial instrument, a formal documentation of a financial transaction General Instrument, an ...
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 ... was considered to be a primitive peasant instrument and its popularity dwindled, but some enthusiasts have taken up playing it again since the folk revival of the 1970s ...
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 electronics, yet ... techniques were later 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 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 ...
Negotiable Instrument - In The United States - Negotiation and Endorsement
... and obligee can become parties to a negotiable instrument ... 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 intention of obtaining payment ... covered in UCC Article 3, Sections 204–206 An endorsement which purports to transfer the instrument to a specified person is a special endorsement ...

More definitions of "instrument":

  • (noun): A person used by another to gain an end.
    Synonyms: pawn, cat's-paw
  • (verb): Write an instrumental score for.
    Synonyms: instrumentate
  • (verb): Address a legal document to.
  • (verb): Equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling.
  • (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): The means whereby some act is accomplished.
    Example: "My greed was the instrument of my destruction"
    Synonyms: tool
  • (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:

    The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

    The actor should not play a part. Like the Aeolian harps that used to be hung in the trees to be played only by the breeze, the actor should be an instrument played upon by the character he depicts.
    Alla Nazimova (1879–1945)

    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)