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Dictionary definition for: Instrument

1. (n) a device that requires skill for proper use

2. (v) equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling

3. (n) the means whereby some act is accomplished; "my greed was the instrument of my destruction" "science has given us new tools to fight disease"

4. (v) write an instrumental score for

5. (n) a person used by another to gain an end

6. (v) address a legal document to

7. (n) (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

8. (n) the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process

9. (n) any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds

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