What is the meaning of instrument?


  • A device that requires skill for proper use.
  • The means whereby some act is accomplished.
    • usage: "my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; "science has given us new tools to fight disease"
  • A person used by another to gain an end.
  • Law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right.
  • The semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process.
  • Any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds.


  • Equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling.
  • Write an instrumental score for.
  • Address a legal document to. .
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