instrumental

/ɪnstrəˈmɛntl / (say instruh'mentl)

adjective
1. serving as an instrument or means: *He … had been largely instrumental in bringing about the Union, which was now in process of being bloodily dissolved. –martin boyd, 1946.
2. of or relating to an instrument.
3. performed on or written for a musical instrument or musical instruments: instrumental music.
4. Grammar
a. (in some inflected languages) denoting a case having as its chief function the indication of means or agency.
b. denoting the affix or other element characteristic of this case, or a word containing such an element.
c. similar to such a case form in function or meaning, as the Latin instrumental ablative.
noun
5. a piece of music performed without a vocal part.
6. Grammar
a. the instrumental case.
b. a word in that case.
c. a construction of similar meaning.
{Middle English, from Medieval Latin instrūmentālis}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • instrumental — instrumental, ale, aux [ ɛ̃strymɑ̃tal, o ] adj. • 1563; instrumentele 1361; de instrument 1 ♦ Didact. Qui sert d instrument. Les pièces instrumentales d un procès. 2 ♦ (1390) Qui s exécute avec des instruments. Musique instrumentale (opposé à… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • instrumental — INSTRUMENTÁL, Ă, instrumentali, e, adj. 1. Făcut, executat cu ajutorul instrumentelor. 2. (gram.; în sintagma) Complement circumstanţial instrumental = complement circumstanţial care arată mijlocul prin care se realizează o acţiune. – Din fr.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Instrumental — In stru*men tal, a. [Cf. F. instrumental.] [1913 Webster] 1. Acting as an instrument; serving as a means; contributing to promote; conductive; helpful; serviceable; as, he was instrumental in conducting the business. [1913 Webster] The head is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • instrumental — 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo al instrumento. Elemento de orden instrumental. [m6]Medios instrumentales. 2. Que sirve de instrumento o tiene función de tal. Agente instrumental. 3. Perteneciente o relativo a los instrumentos musicales. Canto… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • instrumental — instrumental, ale (in stru man tal, ta l ) adj. 1°   Qui sert d instrument. La cause instrumentale. 2°   Terme de grammaire. Cas instrumental, cas qui se trouve dans quelques langues, entre autres le sanscrit, et qui exprime l instrument, le… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • instrumental — adjetivo 1. De los instrumentos, en especial los musicales: canto instrumental. música* instrumental. 2. Que sirve de instrumento: Hay los medios instrumentales necesarios para arreglar esta situación. sustantivo masculino 1. Conjun …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • instrumental — m. med. Conjunto de aparatos, máquinas y herramientas (instrumentos) necesarios para realizar una intervención determinada. Medical Dictionary. 2011 …   Diccionario médico

  • instrumental — (adj.) late 14c., of the nature of an instrument, from O.Fr. instrumental, from M.L. instrumentalis, from L. instrumentum (see INSTRUMENT (Cf. instrument)). Meaning serviceable, useful is from c.1600. Of music, c.1500; noun meaning musical… …   Etymology dictionary

  • instrumental — [in΄strə ment′ l] adj. [ME < MFr < ML instrumentalis] 1. serving as a means; helpful (in bringing something about) 2. of or performed with an instrument or tool 3. of, performed on, or written for a musical instrument or instruments 4. of… …   English World dictionary

  • instrumental — I adjective advantageous, aiding, assisting, auxiliary, beneficial, conducive, contributory, helpful, indispensable, serviceable, useful, valuable II index causal, clerical, constructive (creative …   Law dictionary

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