• 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
    • v instruct give instructions or directions for some task "She instructed the students to work on their pronunciation"
    • v instruct impart skills or knowledge to "I taught them French","He instructed me in building a boat"
    • v instruct make aware of "Have the students been apprised of the tuition hike?"
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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
    • Instruct Arranged; furnished; provided. "He had neither ship instruct with oars, nor men."
    • Instruct Instructed; taught; enlightened.
    • Instruct To form by communication of knowledge; to inform the mind of; to impart knowledge or information to; to enlighten; to teach; to discipline. "Schoolmasters will I keep within my house,
      Fit to instruct her youth."
    • Instruct To furnish with directions; to advise; to direct; to command; as, the judge instructs the jury. "She, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.""Take her in; instruct her what she has to do."
    • Instruct To put in order; to form; to prepare. "They speak to the merits of a cause, after the proctor has prepared and instructed the same for a hearing."
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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.
    • instruct To put in order; form; prepare; guide.
    • instruct To impart knowledge or information to; inform; teach; specifically, to train in knowledge or skill; teach or educate methodically.
    • instruct To direct or command; furnish with orders or directions: as, to instruct an envoy or a body of delegates.
    • instruct To notify; apprise.
    • instruct In Scots law, to adduce evidence in support of; confirm; vouch; verify: as, to instruct a claim against a bankrupt estate. Synonyms To indoctrinate, school, drill, train. See instruction.
    • instruct Furnished; equipped.
    • instruct Instructed; taught.
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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.
    • v.t Instruct in-strukt′ to prepare: to inform: to teach: to order or command
    • adj Instruct (Milt.) instructed
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Wise men are instructed in reason men of less understanding by experience; The most unknowing learn by necessity. Wise men do in the beginning what fools in the end.”
  • Bible
    “Who then is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. [Psalm 25:12]”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “The things which hurt, instruct.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Nothing is less instructive than a machine.”
  • Thomas Paine
    “Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. instructus, p. p. of instruere, to furnish, provide, construct, instruct; pref. in-, in, on + struere,. See Structure


In literature:

The college was designed for the instruction of English, as well as Indian, youths.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Instructions for Burning Cell Connectors and Terminals.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
In 1892 Mrs. Laura J. Eisenhuth was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction on the Democratic ticket.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
If you want to give me any instructions shout into that.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
Habit is the general form which instruction takes.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
German diplomatic representatives were instructed to promote this policy with all their power.
"My Three Years in America" by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
Moral and religious instruction accompanies the instruction in worldly knowledge.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
Col. Lay still repudiates Judge Meredith's decision in his instructions to the Commandants of Camps of Instruction.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Their studies at the academy, and the reading appropriate to their profession, had instructed them in the theory of war.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
Paris offered the only field for instruction and Paris meant a very great deal of money.
"Camilla: A Tale of a Violin" by Charles Barnard

In poetry:

Thus he invites his people still,
He first instructs them how to choose;
Then bids them ask whate'er they will,
Assured that He will not refuse.
"Ask What I Shall Give Thee (II)" by John Newton
"Be chased for ever through the wood;
For ever roam the affrighted wild;
And let thy fate instruct the proud,
God's meanest creature is his child."
"The Wild Huntsman" by Sir Walter Scott
Of what a roll the Fiend's possest,
Long as the east is from the west!
By which instructed, he can show
The sins I've done — when, where, and how!
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Instructed thus to shun the fatal spring
Whence flow the terrors of that day I sing,
More boldly we our labours may pursue,
And all the dreadful image set to view.
"A Poem On The Last Day - Book I" by Edward Young
Ho! all ye Fathers, who respect the great,
Instruct your sons his name to venerate!
Shall not renown, that so deserv'd appears,
Become a prototype to distant years?
"Ethic Strains, On Subjects Sublime And Beautiful - Part III" by Thomas Odiorne
Methinkes the picture thus instructs my mind
Our hours are fleeting & the last assignd
Soon will it Come too soon alas for most
& all the time we use not well is lost
"Satyr VIII. The Picture Of Time" by Thomas Parnell

In news:

Offered every other year at Summit Church, Bible Instruction Class helps high school students grow deeper in their understanding of God's Word.
I found a website that gives you full instructions on how to carve your pumpkin to look like the DEATH STAR from "Star Wars".
A Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction grant brings healthy snacks to school children WCLO's Jon Meerdink reports.
All-you-can-eat BBQ & line dancing instruction 570/409-1140.
Most gearboxes are shipped dry with specific instructions on how to fill them.
The US military is now launching a wide-ranging review of its professional instruction to remove anti-Islam material.
GRAYSON HOFFMAN/SPECIAL TO TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS Director Michael Feener gives instructions to his actors during a rehearsal of "Natalie Needs a Nightie" at The Barn Theatre in Stuart.
Los Angeles can do a lot of great things, including produce a diverse mix of design talent that ranges from contemporary must-have staples to avant garde creations that require instructions for wearing.
Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna has unleashed a sonic boom of a plan to redefine classrooms across the Gem State.
Maybe a warning should be added to the list of tried and true parental instructions: 1.
The city placed signs on Race and Fair streets instructing motorists changes were made in that area.
A new business combines classic paintings, art instruction and wine to create an evening of culture, learning and fun.
Within-class grouping - a teacher's practice of putting students of similar ability into small groups usually for reading or math instruction.
Cutting four days of instruction might save the state $99 million, but it could also hurt students.
No matter how painful the era, it can prove to be both instructive and constructive in shaping our nation, our world, and our lives.

In science:

Again, the particular case M = 1 is quite instructive and can be recommended to follow first for understanding of the general formulae outlined below.
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
In the continuous case it is instructive to calculate the correlation function for the Fourier frequency components of the resampled (non-stationary) process.
Resampled random processes in gravitational-wave data analysis
To see this, it is instructive to understand how the constraint sN = 2 is satisfied.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
Intentions and expectations instructions: the AnimNL pro ject.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
It instructive to look at the X-ray and optical flux and spectral morphology, where several of these features should show up.
Revealing the Energetics and Structure of AGN Jets