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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INSTRUMENT

As respects this allocation, how would I modify that instrument?

But the knowledge of the instrument once acquired never left Shakespeare.

It was only in this room at Mrs. Menotti's that Rico fully enjoyed his instrument.

The finer the instrument is to be, the more massive must be the foundation.

It is not every singer that could keep Time with his voice and instrument, for a whole evening.

And thou, companion and instrument of victory, Barak, arise!

Alfred Vail undertook to provide an instrument for exhibition in Europe.

But his instrument was never used on the ocean lines, and, indeed, it was not adapted for them.

The instrument formed the subject of the Bakerian lecture for the year 1871.

The instrument is equally capable of service and entertainment.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "musical instrument," from Old French instrument "means, device; musical instrument" (14c., earlier estrument, 13c.) and directly from Latin instrumentem "a tool, apparatus, furniture, dress, document," from instruere "arrange, furnish" (see instruct). Meaning "tool, implement, utensil" is early 14c. in English; meaning "written document by which formal expression is given to a legal act" is from early 15c.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR INSTRUMENT

accompaniment

nounmusic that supports a theme or performer in a composition

accompaniments

nounmusic that supports a theme or performer in a composition

appliance

nounmachine, usually with domestic purpose

appliances

nounmachine, usually with domestic purpose
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.