[in-struh-men-tl] /ˌɪn strəˈmɛn tl/
serving or acting as an instrument or means; useful; helpful.
performed on or written for a musical instrument or instruments:
of or relating to an instrument or tool.
a musical composition played by an instrument or a group of instruments.
Compare (def 8).
serving as a means or influence; helpful
of, relating to, or characterized by an instrument or instruments
played by or composed for musical instruments
(grammar) denoting a case of nouns, etc, in certain inflected languages, indicating the instrument used in performing an action, usually translated into English using the prepositions with or by means of
a piece of music composed for instruments rather than for voices
late 14c., “of the nature of an instrument,” from Old French instrumental, from Medieval Latin instrumentalis, from Latin instrumentum (see instrument). Meaning “serviceable, useful” is from c.1600. Of music, c.1500; noun meaning “musical composition for instruments only” is attested by 1940. Related: Instrumentally; instrumentality.
noun, Psychology. 1. (def 1).
[in-struh-men-tl-iz-uh m] /ˌɪn strəˈmɛn tlˌɪz əm/ noun, Philosophy. 1. the variety of pragmatism developed by John Dewey, maintaining that the truth of an idea is determined by its success in the active solution of a problem and that the value of ideas is determined by their function in human experience. /ˌɪnstrəˈmɛntəˌlɪzəm/ noun 1. a system […]
[in-struh-men-tl-ist] /ˌɪn strəˈmɛn tl ɪst/ noun 1. a person who plays a musical . 2. an advocate of instrumentalism. adjective 3. of, relating to, or advocating instrumentalism. /ˌɪnstrəˈmɛntəlɪst/ noun 1. a person who plays a musical instrument 2. (philosophy) a person who believes in the doctrines of instrumentalism adjective 3. of or relating to instrumentalism […]
[in-struh-men-tal-i-tee] /ˌɪn strə mɛnˈtæl ɪ ti/ noun, plural instrumentalities for 1, 3. 1. the quality or state of being . 2. the fact or function of serving some purpose. 3. a means or agency.