• The boys play their 'instruments' in the band
    The boys play their 'instruments' in the band
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n instrumentality an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
    • n instrumentality the quality of being instrumental for some purpose
    • n instrumentality a subsidiary organ of government created for a special purpose "are the judicial instrumentalities of local governments adequate?","he studied the French instrumentalities for law enforcement"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot, bleeding bowl, mortar and pestle fragments, glass vials, and portions of surgical instruments A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot,...
Roberts-Mackensen bee insemination instrument, 1944 Roberts-Mackensen bee insemination instrument, 1944
Morse's pendulum instrument Morse's pendulum instrument
Electric cautery instrument Electric cautery instrument
The First Telegraphic Instrument, as Exhibited in 1837 by Morse The First Telegraphic Instrument, as Exhibited in 1837 by Morse
Morse Making his own Instrument Morse Making his own Instrument
11. Italian harpsichord (1693): Full view of instrument in outer case 11. Italian harpsichord (1693): Full view of instrument in outer case

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The designated instrument for the city of Detroit is the accordion
    • n Instrumentality The quality or condition of being instrumental; that which is instrumental; anything used as a means; medium; agency. "The instrumentality of faith in justification.""The discovery of gunpowder developed the science of attack and defense in a new instrumentality ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The anemometer is an instrument which measures the force, velocity, or pressure of the wind.
    • n instrumentality The state or character of being instrumental; subordinate or auxiliary agency; agency of anything as means to an end.
    • n instrumentality An instrumental means or agency; something serving as an instrument; as, preaching is the great instrumentality in the spread of religion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The banjo is America's only true native musical instrument. It was first developed in the South in the 1790s.
    • Instrumentality agency
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  • Heinrich Heine
    “Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.”
  • Samuel Lover
    Samuel Lover
    “Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise.”
  • Washington Irving
    “The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.”
  • Allan Bloom
    Allan Bloom
    “Reason transformed into prejudice is the worst form of prejudice, because reason is the only instrument for liberation from prejudice.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. instrumentuminstruĕre, to instruct.


In literature:

He, of course, has instruments for gauging their light.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Maria Charlotte Amalie, Duchess of Saxe-Gotha, published several songs, and wrote a symphony for an orchestra of ten instruments.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
As it is, their instruments are all registering dense silence.
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
He stood staring at the instrument with unseeing eyes.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Morey was in the hyperspace control room, watching the instruments there.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
He will write immediately to his instruments there, and in two or three months we can know the event.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Arranged in this way an organ becomes an entirely different instrument.
"The Recent Revolution in Organ Building" by George Laing Miller
Her voice was tense and vibrating like the tones of an instrument.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
In the morning he called as requested, and was engaged to clean instruments and take them to and from the lecture-room.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
But there was a whirring coming from the instrument room.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings

In poetry:

Tyrants have fallen by such as thou,
And Good hath followed--May it now!
(God lets bad instruments
Produce the best events.)
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
Tyrants have fallen by such as thou,
And good hath followed,--may it now!
(God lets bad instruments
Produce the best events.)
"An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
"And thus am I like one who sees
Some instruments he fain would try;
He runs his fingers o'er the keys
To waken some old melody.
"Grasmere" by Alexander Anderson
How shall his vengeance be done?
How, when his purpose is clear?
Must he come down from his throne?
Hath he no instruments here?
"God's Vengeance" by John Hay
Not for the transient joys of earth
Thy heart to thee was given,
But for an instrument of grief,
To raise thy life toward heaven.
"Weep Not" by Leo Alishan
I hear the wind among the trees
Playing celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument.
"A Day Of Sunshine. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Second)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

How instrumental can painting be in a world that's changing faster than we can measure.
Otherwise, it was up to the singers and instrumental ensemble to evoke whatever drama exists in Bellini 's ripely tuneful score.
Galaxie 500 Instrumental Today Rykodisc.
The musician/actors and instruments themselves were also important parts of the whole.
Buddy Merriam & Back Roads instrumental,Blue Kentucky Girl Live 8-18-12 n/a.
Can be used as an amp for instruments AM/FM radio.
Dubstep, even in its early UK incarnation, has little in common with Jamaican dub other than shared origins in instrumental "dub" remixes.
For the next few seconds you go through the normal bottom out checks--stare at the instruments to see if the oil pressure is still up and look in the rear view to see if you left any parts behind.
Students at School in Upstate New York Take Breaks From Instruments to Hone Jabs.
Fender Musical Instruments has released a time-lapse YouTube video that takes viewers behind the scenes to see how the company's guitars are made.
Janet Feder built a career on unusual instrumental guitar playing.
Met One Instruments company profile on Coatings World in the Instrumentation And Control category. August 15, 2011 Ensuring proper management of surgical instruments starts with instrument selection.
There are so many instruments in the world – and things that may not necessarily be instruments but they still make cool noises, and so many ways to combine them all to make music.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz — Cox Instruments, a supplier of precision flow measurement instrumentation, has established a world-class flowmeter production line compliant with the ISO/TS-16949 automotive industry standard.

In science:

The Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) simply denotes the SIM with the 2 focal-plane science instruments integrated.
Chandra X-Ray Observatory (CXO):Overview
The second, more specific to CMB anisotropies (especially at high frequency) is that of straylight internal to the instrument, i.e. emission of parts of the instrument picked up by the detector.
Issues and methods for CMB anisotropy data reduction
The geocoronal radiation has a natural spectral width caused by Doppler effects, which is then further broadened in the instrumental aperture by the diffuse nature of the source and the spectral resolution of the instrument.
A comparison of DA white dwarf temperatures and gravities from Lyman and Balmer line studies
We attribute the increase in publications during the first ten years of CFHT to the increase in the reliability of both the instruments and the telescope and to the development of more competitive instruments.
The Effectiveness of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
The number of nights of scheduled telescope time was determined by looking at each semester’s schedule from 1982 onward and counting the number of nights for each instrument/instrument group.
The Effectiveness of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope