instrument meaning

[ 'instrumənt ] Pronunciation:   "instrument" in a sentence
Noun: instrument  instrumunt
  1. A device that requires skill for proper use 
  2. The means whereby some act is accomplished
    "my greed was the instrument of my destruction"
    - tool 
  3. A person used by another to gain an end
    - pawn, cat's-paw 
  4. (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
    - legal document, legal instrument, official document 
  5. The semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process
    - instrumental role 
  6. Any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
    - musical instrument
Verb: instrument  instrumunt
  1. Equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling 
  2. Write an instrumental score for
    - instrumentate 
  3. Address a legal document to

Derived forms: instruments, instrumenting, instrumented

See also: instrumental, instrumentalist, instrumentation

Type of: address, agency, assistant, compose, device, direct, document, equip, fit, fit out, help, helper, means, outfit, papers, participant role, semantic role, supporter, way, write, written document

Encyclopedia: Instrument

noun [C]


1 (Finance )

any investment such as shares, bonds, options, futures, etc. that is bought and sold in an organized system:

We have had to replace our investments with lower-yielding instruments.

fixed-income instruments

equity/liquid/low-risk instruments

They invest in a mixture of money market and capital market instruments.



a tool or device used for a particular task, especially for delicate or scientific work:

optical/precision/surgical instruments


a device used for measuring speed, distance, temperature, etc. in a vehicle or on a piece of machinery:

the flight instruments

the instrument panel

4 (Law )

a formal legal document:

an instrument of transfer

(= that shows that property has been passed to sb else)

1) A formal legal document.

See also:

negotiable instrument.

2) A tool that is used by a government in achieving its macroeconomic targets. For example, interest rates and the money supply may be considered instruments in the pursuit of stable prices, while government expenditure and taxation may be considered instruments in the pursuit of full employment.

3) A financial services product.

A device for measuring electrical quantities or the performance of electronic equipment. A meter provides a direct indication; other devices, such as a bridge, must be adjusted, the measured quantities being determined from one or more adjustments (sometimes augmented with calculations).

1) A tradeable asset or negotiable item such as a security, commodity, derivative or index, or any item that underlies a derivative. An instrument is a means by which something of value is transferred, held or accomplished.


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  1. the king signed the instrument of abdication.
  2. the instrument must be carefully leveled.
  3. this instrument demands stringent specification.
  4. they chanced to have their instruments with them ..
  5. they happened to have their instruments with them ..

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