动词过去式:instrumented 过去分词:instrumented 现在分词:instrumenting 第三人称单数:instruments
1 implement or apparatus used in performing an action, esp for delicate or scientific work 器具; 器械; 仪器
*a surgicalinstrument, eg a scalpel 外科器械（如手术刀）
* an opticalinstrument, eg a microscope 光学仪器（如显微镜）
* instruments of torture 刑具.
2 apparatus for producing musical sounds, eg a piano, violin, flute or drum 乐器（如钢琴、小提琴、笛或鼓）
*learning to play an instrument 学习演奏乐器
* the instruments of the orchestra 演奏管弦乐的乐器.
3 measuring device giving information about the operation of an engine, etc or in navigation （发动机等或航海、航空中用的）测量仪器, 仪表
*a ship's instruments 船用测量仪器
* [attrib 作定语] an instrument panel 仪表盘. =>Usage at machine 用法见machine.
4 (a) ~ of sb/sth person used and controlled by another person, organization, etc, often without being aware of it 受人利用或控制的人（常为不自觉的）
*We humans are merely the instruments of fate. 我们人类只不过是天命的工具.
(b) ~ of sth person or thing that brings sth about 促成某事的人或物
*The organization he had built up eventually became the instrument of his downfall. 他创建起来的组织到头来却成为促使他倒台的根本原因了.
5 ~ (of sth) formal (esp legal) document 正式的（尤指合法的）文件、文书
*The king signed the instrument of abdication. 国王签署了逊位的文告.
1【tool】2【music】3【for measuring】4【method】5【for hurting】6 instrument of fate/God
1200-1300; Language: Latin;Origin:
instrumentum, from instruere; INSTRUCT
a small tool used in work such as science or medicine surgical instruments【MUSIC】
an object used for producing music, such as a piano or violin
= musical instrument
, instrumentalist instrumentalist electronic instrumentsbrass/wind/percussion/stringed etc instrument【FOR MEASURING】
a piece of equipment for measuring and showing distance, speed, temperature etc a failure of the flight instruments sensitive earthquake-detecting instruments【METHOD】 [usually singular]
something or someone that is used to get a particular resultinstrument of Interest rates are an important instrument of economic policy.instrument for (doing) sth Good management should be an instrument for innovation.【FOR HURTING】
something that is used to hit or hurt someone Death was due to a blow on the head with a blunt instrument .instrument of torture
(=an object used to make people suffer pain until they give information) instrument of fate/Godliterary
someone or something that is used by a power beyond our control
1. But can we blame those who looked and failed to see what Galileo saw, if we remember that to use a telescope at the limit of its powers calls for long experience and intimate familiarity with one´s instrument? 但是，如果我们想到，便用一架倍数有限的望远镜需要长期的经验和对自己仪器的熟悉程度，那么我们怎么能去责备观察了天空但没有看到伽利略所看到的东西的那些人呢？
2. We have an old musical instrument. It is called a clavichord. 我们有一件古老的乐器.它叫击弦古钢琴。
3. We have an old musical instrument. It is called a clavichord. 我们有一件古老的乐器.它叫击弦古钢琴。
4. When the instrument is situated at more than 700 miles from the earthquake centre, 如果把这种仪器安装在距震源700多英里远的地方，
5. We have an old musical instrument. 我家有件古乐器，
6. The ideal to be aimed at was to devise an instrument that could record with a pen on paper, the movements of the ground or of the table as the quake passed by. 理想的目标是设计出这样一种仪器：当地震发生时，它能用笔在纸上记录下大地和桌子运动情况。
7. The instrument was bought by my grandfather many years ago. 是我祖父在很多年以前买的。
8. He devised an instrument to measure light waves. 他发明了一台仪器来测量光波。
9. Humboldt smiled, took a louse from the mistress´s hair and put that under the instrument. 洪堡笑了笑，从那位贵妇的头上也拿下了一只虱子放到了显微镜的下面。
10. A knife is an instrument which cuts. 刀是切东西的工具。