In"stru*ment (?), n. [F. instrument, L. instrumentum. See Instruct.]


That by means of which any work is performed, or result is effected; a tool; a utensil; an implement; as, the instruments of a mechanic; astronomical instruments.

All the lofty instruments of war. Shak.


A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument.

Praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Ps. cl. 4.

But signs when songs and instruments he hears. Dryden.

3. Law

A writing, as the means of giving formal expression to some act; a writing expressive of some act, contract, process, as a deed, contract, writ, etc.



One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent.

Or useful serving man and instrument, To any sovereign state. Shak.

The bold are but the instruments of the wise. Dryden.

Syn. -- Tool; implement; utensil; machine; apparatus; channel; agent.


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In"stru*ment (?), v. t.

To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.


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