• WordNet 3.6
    • n instrumentalist someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Instrumentalist One who plays upon an instrument of music, as distinguished from a vocalist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n instrumentalist In music, a performer upon an instrument: opposed to vocalist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Instrumentalist one who plays on a musical instrument
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. instrumentuminstruĕre, to instruct.


In literature:

What of Mr. Radnor's amateur instrumentalists?
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
Among instrumentalists the "stolen time" was brought into vogue especially by Chopin and Liszt.
"Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician" by Frederick Niecks
Sometimes, too, the instrumentalists formed an orchestra, and dancing commenced.
"Manners, Custom and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period" by Paul Lacroix
It was the home of Mozart and Haydn and a host of lesser composers, as well as instrumentalists and singers.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
The critic discusses the PREMIER both as vocalist and instrumentalist, and in both capacities finds him sadly wanting.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, February 4, 1920" by Various
The composer himself was probably the instrumentalist.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
The expense of employing good singers and instrumentalists renders such a method impracticable.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
I like to hear him make sport of them, and then the instrumentalists laugh at them.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
But Milton remains by far the surest and greatest instrumentalist, outside the drama, on the English unrhymed line.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
At last the stage chairs were all filled by a crowd of twanging, booming, sawing, squeaking instrumentalists.
"Rose of Dutcher's Coolly" by Hamlin Garland

In news:

His distinctive three-finger playing style became the touchstone for thousands of instrumentalists who followed.
The choirs and instrumentalists of St Mary Church are to present a celebration of Lessons and Carols at 7 tonight in the church, 85 S Sandusky St.
) On record, the group exists largely a solo project for singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist mastermind Michael Ang...
WHETHER IT'S fair or not, commercial musicians don't typically hit the top of the pops solely because they are extremely talented instrumentalists or singers.
The group decided they lacked time to get instrumentalists and choir members back together for the show.
In addition to her well-documented abilities as a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, it turns out that the 22-year-old performer has been hiding an ability as a human beatbox.
He is multi-talented and equally comfortable as both a conductor and instrumentalist.
Of the six friends of the couple playing at this wedding, only two make their living as instrumentalists.
The CD also features the talents of several vocalists, including Alex Sharpe, formerly of Celtic Women, and Kitka, a European-style women's group, and a variety of other instrumentalists.
The Belgian-Australian multi-instrumentalist also got in a little acting through a digital short with Andy Samberg and Taran Killam.
All area vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome to join the Arlington Community Choir, which forms every two years to present this musical classic.
Each of the past few Decembers, vocalists and instrumentalists from Concordia College in Moorhead perform a series of holiday concerts on campus.
Mark Robinson conducts more than 200 singers and instrumentalists from around the Kenai Peninsula at a Homer rehearsal last weekend.
Austin-based instrumentalists, Explosions in the Sky, are perhaps best known for an expansive sound that slowly builds and ignites into something that most closely mimics, well, an explosion.
Randy was most widely known as an extraordinary flutist, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist, as well as a film and film-score producer.

In science:

Instrumentalist interpretation of the physical’s laws.
Physical Realities from Simple Philosophical Conjectures
In particular, the topos reformulation of quantum theory overcomes the instrumentalist/Copenhagen interpretation thereby rendering the theory more realist.
Review of the Topos Approach to Quantum Theory
This is needed to make sense of its instrumentalist interpretation, i.e. there needs to be a space-time in which measurements can be made.
Review of the Topos Approach to Quantum Theory
This approach to probability theory allows for a new type of non-instrumentalist interpretation that might be particularly appropriate in those schemes which interpret probabilities as propensities.
Review of the Topos Approach to Quantum Theory
Minimising the total amount of unwanted radiation admitted into the detectors is a permanent instrumentalist’s nightmare.
Issues and methods for CMB anisotropy data reduction