instrument Idioms & Phrases


beating-reed instrument

  • noun a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed
    beating-reed instrument; reed.
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Bow instrument

  • (Mus.), any stringed instrument from which the tones are produced by the bow.
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bowed stringed instrument

  • noun stringed instruments that are played with a bow
    string.
    • the strings played superlatively well
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brass instrument

  • noun a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
    brass.
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Circular instruments

  • mathematical instruments employed for measuring angles, in which the graduation extends round the whole circumference of a circle, or 360°.
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commercial instrument

  • noun a document of or relating to commerce
    commercial document.
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debt instrument

  • noun a written promise to repay a debt
    obligation; certificate of indebtedness.
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derivative instrument

  • noun a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
    derivative.
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double-reed instrument

  • noun a woodwind that has a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together
    double reed.
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drafting instrument

  • noun an instrument used by a draftsman in making drawings
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electronic instrument

  • noun a musical instrument that generates sounds electronically
    electronic instrument.
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electronic musical instrument

  • noun a musical instrument that generates sounds electronically
    electronic instrument.
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execution of instrument

  • noun (law) the completion of a legal instrument (such as a contract or deed) by signing it (and perhaps sealing and delivering it) so that it becomes legally binding and enforceable
    execution.
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free-reed instrument

  • noun a wind instrument with a free reed
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instrument flying

  • noun navigation of an airplane solely by instruments
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instrument landing

  • noun an aircraft landing made entirely by means of instruments
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instrument of execution

  • noun an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person
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instrument of punishment

  • noun an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person
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instrument of torture

  • noun an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person
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instrument panel

  • noun electrical device consisting of a flat insulated surface that contains switches and dials and meters for controlling other electrical devices
    control panel; panel; board; control board.
    • he checked the instrument panel
    • suddenly the board lit up like a Christmas tree
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keyboard instrument

  • noun a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard
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  • noun (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
    legal document; official document; instrument.
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Leveling instrument

  • . See Surveyor's level, under Level, n.
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measuring instrument

  • noun instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
    measuring device; measuring system.
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medical instrument

  • noun instrument used in the practice of medicine
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Meridian instrument

  • (Astron.), any astronomical instrument having a telescope that rotates in a meridian plane.
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musical instrument

  • noun any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
    instrument.
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musical instrument digital interface

  • noun a standard protocol for communication between electronic musical instruments and computers
    MIDI.
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  • noun an instrument used for navigating
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negotiable instrument

  • noun an unconditional order or promise to pay an amount of money
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optical instrument

  • noun an instrument designed to aid vision
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percussion instrument

  • noun a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
    percussion instrument.
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percussive instrument

  • noun a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
    percussion instrument.
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Prime-vertical transit instrument

  • a transit instrument the telescope of which revolves in the plane of the prime vertical, used for observing the transit of stars over this circle.
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reed instrument

  • noun a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed
    beating-reed instrument; reed.
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Repeating instruments

  • (Astron. & Surv.), instruments for observing angles, as a circle, theodolite, etc., so constructed that the angle may be measured several times in succession, and different, but successive and contiguous, portions of the graduated limb, before reading off the aggregate result, which aggregate, divided by the number of measurements, gives the angle, freed in a measure from errors of eccentricity and graduation.
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scientific instrument

  • noun an instrument used by scientists
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sealed instrument

  • noun a contract that is signed and has the (wax) seal of the signer attached
    special contract; contract under seal.
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single-reed instrument

  • noun a beating-reed instrument with a single reed (as a clarinet or saxophone)
    single-reed woodwind.
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stringed instrument

  • noun a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
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surgical instrument

  • noun a medical instrument used in surgery
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surveying instrument

  • noun an instrument used by surveyors
    surveying instrument.
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surveyor's instrument

  • noun an instrument used by surveyors
    surveying instrument.
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test instrument vehicle

  • noun a rocket fired for test purposes
    test rocket; research rocket.
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time-delay measuring instrument

  • noun chronoscope for measuring the time difference between two events
    time-delay measuring system.
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Transit instrument

  • noun a telescope mounted on an axis running east and west and used to time the transit of a celestial body across the meridian
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  • . (Astron.) (a) A telescope mounted at right angles to a horizontal axis, on which it revolves with its line of collimation in the plane of the meridian, used in connection with a clock for observing the time of transit of a heavenly body over the meridian of a place. (b) (Surv.) A surveyor's transit. See Transit, 5, above.
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Universal instrument

  • (Astron.), a species of altitude and azimuth instrument, the peculiarity of which is, that the object end of the telescope is placed at right angles to the eye end, with a prism of total reflection at the angle, and the eye end constitutes a portion of the horizontal axis of the instrument, having the eyepiece at the pivot and in the center of the altitude circle, so that the eye has convenient access to both at the same time.
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Wind instrument

  • noun a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
    wind.
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  • (Mus.), an instrument of music sounded by means of wind, especially by means of the breath, as a flute, a clarinet, etc.
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woodwind instrument

  • noun any wind instrument other than the brass instruments
    wood; woodwind.
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