• Ameer Ali follows the maiden's instructions to win more jewels
    Ameer Ali follows the maiden's instructions to win more jewels
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n instruction the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill "he received no formal education","our instruction was carefully programmed","good classroom teaching is seldom rewarded"
    • n instruction the profession of a teacher "he prepared for teaching while still in college","pedagogy is recognized as an important profession"
    • n instruction (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program
    • n instruction a message describing how something is to be done "he gave directions faster than she could follow them"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Instructing Dolly painting Instructing Dolly painting
A spinster instructs a group of younger ladies on the unnecessary nature of husbands. The caption says, “Nonsense, my dears! Husbands are ridiculous things & are quite unnecessary!” A spinster instructs a group of younger ladies on the unnecessary nature of husbands. The caption says, “Nonsense, my...
Vulcan instructs the Cyclopes in their new task Vulcan instructs the Cyclopes in their new task

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war
    • Instruction (Computers) a segment of coded data that is interpreted by a computer as a command to perform an operation or series of operations. The term instruction is applied to both the electronic form of the data as represented in and executed by the computer, and to any line of written computer code which is interpreted as one instruction by a compiler. A computer program is comprised of one or more instructions.
    • Instruction Direction; order; command.
    • Instruction Precept; information; teachings.
    • Instruction That which instructs, or with which one is instructed; the intelligence or information imparted
    • Instruction The act of instructing, teaching, or furnishing with knowledge; information.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Boston, Massachusetts it is illegal to take a bath unless instructed to do so by a physician.
    • n instruction The act of instructing or teaching; communication of knowledge; education; enlightenment.
    • n instruction Knowledge imparted; edifying discourse or precepts; teaching.
    • n instruction Direction given; order; command; mandate: commonly in the plural.
    • n instruction Synonyms 1 and 2. Training, Discipline, Nurture, Cultivation, Instruction, Teaching, Education; indoctrination, schooling, breeding, advice, counsel. Training is the development of the mind or character or both, or some faculty, at some length, by exercise, as a soldier is trained or drilled. Discipline is essentially the same as training, but more severe. Nurture, by its derivation, expresses a tender, continuous, and protracted training, beginning at an early age. Cultivation, in the active sense, is often used of the training, discipline, or development of some single department of the nature: as, the cultivation of the understanding, the taste, the conscience. (See culture.) Teaching is the general word for the imparting of knowledge: as, the profession of teaching. Instruction has the imparting of knowledge for its object, but emphasizes, more than teaching, the employment of orderly arrangement in the things taught. Tuition is the most external or formal of these words, representing the act. Education is the largest word of all the list, having for its object, like training and discipline, the development of the powers of the man, but generally also a symmetrical development of the whole man, the mind and the moral nature, by instruction, exercise, etc. Education is the word chosen to express the best ideas that men have of the process of teaching and discipline that shall make the wisest, noblest, and most effective kind of man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Denver, Colorado it is illegal for Barber's to give massages to nude customers unless it is for instructional purposes.
    • n Instruction the act of instructing or teaching: information: command:
    • n Instruction (pl.) special directions, commands—in parliamentary sense, 'Instructions to the Committee' are supplementary and auxiliary to the Bill under consideration, but falling broadly within its general scope
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The coin that is most current among mankind is flattery: the only benefit of which is that by hearing what we are not, we may be instructed on what to become.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Public instruction should be the first object of government.”
  • Bible
    “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. [King Solomon]”
  • Bible
    “Take good hold of instruction and don't let her go, keep her for she is your life.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “The things which hurt, instruct.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Nothing is less instructive than a machine.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. instructio,: cf. F. instruction,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. instruĕre, instructumin, in, struĕre, to pile up.


In literature:

When instruction must be repeated, it means that the school, as well as the pupil, has failed.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
The latter are instructed to honor her.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Signals should be freely used in instruction, in order that officers and men may readily know them.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
Meanwhile Darius was instructed that he must eat a roll like the rest, together with cheese.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings; be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
I think, therefore, that we may glean from it both amusement and instruction.
"The Cruise of the Mary Rose" by William H. G. Kingston
During this time the anti-slavery friends provided instruction for the Africans.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
This race of teachers is known to-day as the Old Italian School, and their system of instruction is called the Old Italian Method.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
The instructions which he had received at Cremona enabled him to surpass all in Venice.
"The Violin" by George Hart
To my thinking, in fact, these instructions of ours illustrate the domain of G.H.Q.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
When instructions are given, it is desirable that those instructions be followed.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
I then sent for Porter and gave him what few instructions I could.
"The Expressman and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
In fact, I see from their published works that they claim this as their first station or place of instruction.
"A History of Oregon, 1792-1849" by William Henry Gray
"The Moral Instruction of Children" by Felix Adler
Will the instructions given to delegates be final?
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
I do not know whether it was to get instructions from Dorsey or from the house, or from Miner.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Legal" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Having given all the instructions that I thought were necessary, I rode on into town.
"Four Years A Scout and Spy" by E. C. Downs
The vali communicated my message to the Porte, and the Grand Vizier instructed him to comply with my request.
"Under Four Administrations" by Oscar S. Straus
I have no further instructions to give you.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. III (of VI), "The Eternal Quest" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The two books alluded to above are full of instructions for leading a wholesome life.
"A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2)" by Thomas M. Lindsay

In poetry:

While many with unmeaning eye
Gaze on thy works in vain;
Assist me, Lord, that I may try
Instruction to obtain.
"The Moon In Silver Glory Shone" by John Newton
Was not our Lord a little child,
Taught by degrees to pray,
By father dear and mother mild
Instructed day by day?
"Cathchism" by John Keble
O Happy is the man who hears
Instruction's warning voice,
And who celestial wisdom makes
His early, only choice.
"Heavenly Wisdom" by John Logan
The heathen worship stocks and stones;
My pious soul it shocks
To be instructed thus to take
An Interest in Stocks.
"Mathematics" by Arthur Clement Hilton
"And if the Gods thy prayer resist,
Then to a friend's instruction list,—
Invoke thyself adversity;
And what, of all thy treasures bright,
Gives to thy heart the most delight—
That take and cast thou in the sea!"
"The Ring Of Polycrates - A Ballad" by Friedrich von Schiller
In unexperienced infancy
Many a sweet mistake doth lie:
Mistake though false, intending true;
A seeming somewhat more than view; That doth instruct the mind In things that lie behind,
And many secrets to us show
Which afterwards we come to know.
"Shadows in the Water" by Thomas Traherne

In news:

Enlarge Andrew Miller Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice shouts instructions during 1st half action vs Princeton men's basketball at Jadwin Gym in Princeton on Friday, November 16, 2012.
Craig Perrier Jr instructs students Drew Pigford and Trey Gaudet, as Melissa Duhe, Jacob Lendway and Dillion Duhe look on.
In the bathtub with her brother, she would instruct her sibling to close his eyes and open his mouth.
Step-by-step instructions on how to make a holiday punch that doesn't suck.
EARLY IN Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend, the unbearable Mr Podsnap is shown instructing an "unfortunately born" foreigner.
Miller's tale instructional for Bard.
This chart highlights the major program changes to guidelines and instructions for condominium projects to be eligible for FHA insured mortgages.
Idaho's largest teachers' association is urging its membership to "behave in a responsible, civil manner" in the wake of two incidents involving Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.
A bill in the Alabama House would allow public school students to get elective credit for religious instruction.
When 40 IT execs from companies around the globe received instructions that read, "Wear comfortable clothes," they had no idea what was up.
A federal judge has instructed Chicago public school officials to.
An onboard device instructs a motorist to brake during a driving simulation more.
Chaplain Dale Recinella greets inmates before giving religious education instruction.
Star-Ledger file photo Stuart Rabner, chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, says new instructions to jurors will discourage actions that could help put the wrong person behind bars.
Practice 701.4.3.1 (1) – Mandatory – Insulation is installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions or local code.

In science:

It is instructive to compare the following theorem with Theorem 1.1 of , the corresponding result when using the size biased transformation.
Stein's method and the zero bias transformation with application to simple random sampling
It is instructive to look at the one-level density for such matrices.
Modeling families of L-functions
In preparation to the randomized protocols (R,H), it is instructive to look at the system dynamics in a different frame.
Dynamical control of qubit coherence: Random versus deterministic schemes
In our view, developing a realistic analytic model for two coupled qubits could provide a useful and instructive example in the fields of quantum computing, quantum information and coherent control.
How Time Works in Quantum Systems: Overview of time ordering and time correlation in weakly perturbed atomic collisions and in strongly perturbed qubits
Since including such “instruction sets” in the state specification goes beyond what is attributed to the states by orthodox quantum theory, the kind of theory we have argued for may be termed a hidden-variable theory.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
Before the main lemma we consider an instructive special case.
Brownian local minima, random dense countable sets and random equivalence classes
It is very instructive to consider the circular loop case.
Gauge Theories as String Theories: the First Results
To fully demonstrate this it is instructive to take a broader viewpoint.
Algebraic Approach to the Duality Symmetry
Complexity is then measured in instructions.
The influence of parsimony and randomness on complexity growth in Tierra
It is instructive to begin the analysis with the model with no convection term in (1), which already exhibits a nonequilibrium scaling regime and involves some interesting formal subtleties.
Effects of mixing and stirring on the critical behavior
It is instructive to perform such a calculation in the impact parameter space.
Holographic Wave Functions, Meromorphization and Counting Rules
It would be instructive to compare transport of persistent walkers and excitation dynamics in random onedimensional systems [27, 28, 29].
Persistent random walk on a site-disordered one-dimensional lattice: Photon subdiffusion
The Personal Memex has recorded Dr. Smith’s instructions and has organized it.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Smith’s instructions. (This option is not shown in the prototype).
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Find the instructions April received from Dr.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex