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  • The boys play their 'instruments' in the band
    The boys play their 'instruments' in the band
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n instrumentation the act of providing or using the instruments needed for some implementation
    • n instrumentation the act of arranging a piece of music for an orchestra and assigning parts to the different musical instruments
    • n instrumentation an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
    • n instrumentation the instruments called for in a musical score or arrangement for a band or orchestra
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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 anemometer is an instrument which measures the force, velocity, or pressure of the wind.
    • Instrumentation The act of furnishing or attaching instruments to/
    • Instrumentation The act of using instruments to measure or control the behavior of an object, as a patient in a hospital or a machine being tested while under development.
    • Instrumentation The act of using or adapting as an instrument; a series or combination of instruments; means; agency. "Otherwise we have no sufficient instrumentation for our human use or handling of so great a fact."
    • Instrumentation (Mus) The act or manner of playing upon musical instruments; performance; as, his instrumentation is perfect.
    • Instrumentation (Mus) The arrangement of a musical composition for performance by a number of different instruments; orchestration; instrumental composition; composition for an orchestra or military band.
    • Instrumentation The set of instruments included in a system; as, a harvester with modern instrumentation .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The banjo is America's only true native musical instrument. It was first developed in the South in the 1790s.
    • n instrumentation Use of instruments; work done by means of instruments, especially in surveying and the like.
    • n instrumentation Instrumental means or aid; facility furnished by instruments; intermediate agency.
    • n instrumentation In music, the process, act, or science of composing or arranging music for instruments, especially for an orchestra. It includes a knowledge of the technical manipulation, compass, tone-quality, and mutual adaptability of all recognized instruments. It is one of the most advanced branches of the general science of composition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The catgut formerly used as strings in tennis rackets and musical instruments does not come from cats. Catgut actually comes from sheep, hogs, and horses.
    • n Instrumentation (mus.) the arrangement of a composition for performance by different instruments: the playing upon musical instruments
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “Life is like playing the violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.”
  • Colin Wilson
    Colin Wilson
    “A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors.”
  • St. Francis of Assisi
    “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where these is hatred, let me sow love.”
  • Dorothea Lange
    Dorothea Lange
    “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    “There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.”


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


In literature:

The trumpet is an instrument of court and state functions, and, as the soprano instrument, comes first.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 819" by Various
All instruments of luxury, many instruments of vain knowledge and art, would no longer be produced.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
This little instrument was exhibited in a somewhat crude state at the meeting of the British Association at Newcastle in 1889.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 832, December 12, 1891" by Various
He objected, averring that it was understood between them that the captain was to pay for the instrument.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
Whilst this operation was going on the instrument buzzed out a message ordering me to leave immediately for the Spion Kop office.
"With Steyn and De Wet" by Philip Pienaar
And, O Parasara, Viswamitra was only a blind instrument in that matter.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
The Bengal editions, read Rajna in the instrumental case.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The instrument was mounted on a tripod similar to the one used for our surveying instrument.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
The principles of the action of the larynx are easily illustrated by reference to the simpler musical instruments.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 73, November, 1863" by Various
This instrument is still in use and may be called the national instrument of India.
"Critical & Historical Essays" by Edward MacDowell
In England, one could hardly have bought so good an instrument for less than forty.
"The Upas Tree" by Florence L. Barclay
Fishing and hunting Instruments.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
He will write immediately to his instruments there, and in two or three months we can know the event.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
It seems but common justice to leave a successor free to act by instruments of his own choice.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
To return to my experience in connection with a telegraph instrument, I found that we were being subjected to a series of forced marches.
"Autobiography of an Electron" by Charles R. (Charles Robert) Gibson
With this system the receiving instrument will take a message only from a sending instrument with which it is in tune.
"The Story of Great Inventions" by Elmer Ellsworth Burns
The first useful instrument, however, was devised by Marcy in 1876.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
Meantime, the orchestral instruments of the day had received a fair share of improvement.
"The Influence of the Organ in History" by Dudley Buck
A simple modification makes any of these instruments into a voltmeter.
"Marvels of Scientific Invention" by Thomas W. Corbin
This ballad is a masterpiece of composition, vocally and instrumentally, being melodious as well as descriptive.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé

In poetry:

And full of grace. Such lightness
Is in your step, instruments
I keep for the beholder
To prove you walk, not dance.
"Divinity" by Irving Layton
A mouth of music; eyes of love;
And hands of blended snow and scent,
That touch the pearl-pale shadow of
An instrument.
"Tones" by Madison Julius Cawein
Made them his constant home, centre and sweep,
Channel and instrument of life and truth,
The word of God on earth, Love's other self,
The high ambassadors of truth and light;
And Love was free where Life was wholly true.
"From 'The Hills Of Life'" by Albert Durrant Watson
Saul. How's this? what sounds of joy
Salute my ears! What means this needless pomp?
This merry sound of tabret and of harp?
What mean these idle instruments of triumph?
These women, who in fair procession move
Making sweet melody?
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
When night is come, and her children sleep,
Beautiful mother her watch doth keep;
With glowing stars in her dusky hair
Down she sits to her music rare;
And her instrument that never fails,
Is the hearts and the throats of her nightingales.
"Mother Nature" by George MacDonald
I love the woods when the magic hand
Of Spring, as if sweeping the keys
Of a wornout instrument, touches the earth;
When beauty and song in the gladness of birth
Awaken the heart of the desolate land,
And carol its rapture to every breeze.
"The Woods" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Some guy named Nick McKaig recorded himself doing every instrument from the 'Simpsons' theme.
Sometimes you can design out the need for instrumentation.
However, that doesn't mean you must install instrumentation.
Czapla's recording, his fourth, is nominated in the best instrumental CD category, the only jazz album in the category, he says.
The unidose EtchMaster tip is the ultimate powder-blasting instrument for intraoral prophy and abrasion procedures.
An international competition has arrived to remind Spokane that the accordion is a serious instrument.
When Jimi Hendrix reinvented the guitar instrumental as we know it with "Third Stone from the Sun," he took time out to make a PSA warning that stated: "You'll never hear surf music again".
COAs may not tell the truth about ingredients, but instrumentation does.
Boulder-based Ball Aerospace & Technologies will help build a space-based instrument for NASA to monitor air pollutants across North America, officials announced Monday.
You hear it in lyrics about drifters and border crossings and in the instrumentals that straddle traditions from Latin and North America.
HARPS, as the instrument is called, successfully detected a rocky planet around one of Earth's closest neighboring stars when other tools missed it.
John Carpenter and Yogesh Ramadass, Texas Instruments.
The instrument already carries certification from ATEX and IEC Ex.
Perten Instruments Introduces Third Generation Diode Array-Based NIR Analysis System.
Requirements for an instrument rating include 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time.

In science:

In Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series, volume 7736 of Society of PhotoOptical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series, July 2010.
Design of the wavefront sensor unit of ARGOS, the LBT laser guide star system
Rousset, G., Lacombe, F., Puget, P., et al. 2003, in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series, Vol. 4839, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series, ed. P. L.
Morphology of the very inclined debris disk around HD 32297
Markham, J.R. et al. Bench top Fourier transform infrared based instrument for simultaneously measuring surface spectral emittance and temperature. Review of Scientific Instruments 64, 2515-2522 (1993). 203.
Nanoscale Heat Transfer: from Computation to Experiment
To simulate the instrumental response of WFC to the calculated incident (cid:13)ux from the galaxies, zeropoints from the WFC instrument manual (Burrows  ) are used, assuming a  second exposure in the FLP (cid:12)lter.
Morphology of Galaxy Mergers at Intermediate Redshift
The DMR time-ordered-data include systematic effects such as emission from the Earth and Moon, the instrument’s response to thermal changes, and the instrument’s response to the Earth’s magnetic field.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Experiments
Planck has two instruments: the Low Frequency Instrument (LFI), based on transistor (HEMT) amplifiers, which covers the frequency range from 30–100 GHz; and the High Frequency Instrument (HFI), based on bolometers, which covers the frequency range 90–850 GHz.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Experiments
BeppoSAX (see Boella et al. 1997 for a comprehensive description of the mission) is composed by several instruments: 4 co–aligned Narrow Field Instruments (NFI); two Wide Field Cameras pointing opposite each other and perpendicularly to the NFI; an all sky γ -ray burst monitor.
X/gamma-ray spectra of Seyferts and BeppoSAX observations
In addition, since the required astrometric instruments are being developed for the SIM mission, by adopting the same instrument one can minimize the development cost, which is a significant portion of the total cost.
Unique Determination of the Physical Parameters of Individual MACHOs from Astrometric Parallax Measurements
The Planck satellite is constituted by two different instruments: the Low Frequency Instrument (LFI) and the High Frequency Instrument (HFI).
The Cosmic Microwave Background: State of the Art
The second focal plane instrument, the photo-polarimeter (ISOPHOT; Lemke et al. 1996), covered the largest wavelength range of the ISO instruments: 2.5–240 µm.
ISO Observations of Pre-Main Sequence and Vega-type Stars
The second step in the pipeline applied two kind of instrumental vetoes to the surviving triggers: an epoch cut, and an instrumental veto for H1.
Binary Neutron Star Inspiral Search in LIGO S1
We discuss existing and planned instruments, putting special emphasis on observational, instrumental, and data processing issues for the detection of very low polarization signals of prime cosmological interest. A short prospective summary is included. R ´esum ´e.
Polarization experiments
The scientific payload covered an unprecedented broad energy band (0.1–300 keV) and was composed by two set of instruments: the Narrow Field Instruments (NFI), pointing along the satellite Z axis, and two wide field instruments pointing in directions perpendicular to it.
The BeppoSAX revolution in Gamma-Ray Burst science
As a result the upper limit derived from one instrument alone will occasionally be lower than that from the coherent combination of instruments.
Bayesian estimation of pulsar parameters from gravitational wave data
It possesses detectors sensitive to a wide range of frequencies from 30 to 857 GHz, split between two instruments the HFI and LFI, the high and low frequency instruments, respectively.
The Geometric Calibration of the Planck satellite using Solar System Objects