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 not more native to the heart, The hand more instrumental to the mouth. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) Pertaining to, made by, or prepared for, an instrument, esp. a musical instrument; as, instrumental music, distinguished from vocal music. ``He defended the use of instrumental music in public worship.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Sweet voices mix'd with instrumental sounds. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. (Gram.) Applied to a case expressing means or agency; as, the instrumental case. This is found in Sanskrit and Russian as a separate case, but in Greek it was merged into the dative, and in Latin into the ablative. In Old English it was a separate case, but has disappeared, leaving only a few anomalous forms. [1913 Webster]

{Instrumental errors}, those errors in instrumental measurements, etc., which arise, exclusively from lack of mathematical accuracy in an instrument. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • 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

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  • 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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