oxford views updated Jun 11 2018
in·stru·ment / ˈinstrəmənt/ •
n. 1. a tool or implement, esp. one for delicate or scientific work: a surgical instrument writing instruments. ∎ a thing used in pursuing an aim or policy; a means: drama as an instrument of learning. ∎ a person who is exploited or made use of: he was a mere instrument acting under coercion.2. a measuring device used to gauge the level, position, speed, etc., of something, esp. a motor vehicle or aircraft.3. (also musical instrument) an object or device for producing musical sounds: a percussion instrument.4. a formal document, esp. a legal one: execution involves signature and unconditional delivery of the instrument.•
v. [tr.] equip (something) with measuring instruments.
oxford views updated May 29 2018
tool, implement XIII (earliest of a musical instrument); something used by an agent; means XIV; legal document XV. — (O)F. — L. instrūmentum
, f. instruere
; see prec. and -MENT
serving as instrument or means XIV; of music composed for instruments XVI (whence instrumentalist
XIX); (gram.) XIX. instrumentation
composition of music for instruments XIX. instrumentality
oxford views updated May 21 2018
To add code to software, or devices to hardware, in order to monitor (and sometimes control) operation of a system or component while under test or analysis. The code or devices so used are called instrumentation
. Instrumenting code may, for example, write to a report file the before and after values of a variable together with a source reference to the code each time the variable is referenced. Some software environments provide tools to automatically add (and remove) the instrumentation and to analyze report files or screen-directed output.
gale views updated May 14 2018
A formal or legal written document; a document in writing, such as a deed, lease, bond, contract, or will. A writing that serves as evidence of an individual's right to collect money, such as a check.