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Definition of instrument:

  1. A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument.
  2. A writing, as the means of giving formal expression to some act; a writing expressive of some act, contract, process, as a deed, contract, writ, etc.
  3. One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent.
  4. That by means of which any work is performed, or result is effected; a tool; a utensil; an implement; as, the instruments of a mechanic; astronomical instruments.
  5. To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.

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