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noun [countable] instrument pronunciation in British English /ˈɪnstrʊmənt/
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  1. 1
    a tool or piece of equipment used in science, medicine, or technology
    scientific instruments such as microscopes
    1. a.
      a piece of equipment that measures something such as position, speed, or temperature
      Your compass and clock are the most essential instruments in sailing.
  2. 4
    formal someone or something that can be used in order to make something happen
    The government has a number of policy instruments it can use for this purpose.
    instrument of: an important instrument of quality control
    1. a.
      a person who someone uses to help achieve a result
      instrument of: The missionaries believed they were instruments of God.


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