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Instrumental

English

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Etymology

From Middle English instrumental, instrumentale, from Medieval Latin instrumentalis, from instruere ("to build into, set up, construct, furnish, hence "to train""), from in- ("on") + struere ("to put together, arrange, pile up, build, construct"), from Proto-Indo-European *strew- ("to spread, to strew").

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /?nst'm?nt?l/, /?nst'm?nt?l/
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Adjective

instrumental (comparative more instrumental, superlative most instrumental)

  1. Acting as an instrument; serving as a means; contributing to promote; conductive; helpful; serviceable; essential or central.
    He was instrumental in conducting the business.
    • (Can we date this quote?), William Shakespeare, Hamlet, I,ii
      The head is not more native to the heart, The hand more instrumental to the mouth —
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 2, 51:
      Few songwriters have been as instrumental in creating the mold for American music.
  2. (music) Pertaining to, made by, or prepared for, an instrument, especially a musical instrument (rather than the human voice).
    instrumental music
    • (Can we date this quote by Thomas Babington Macaulay and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      He defended the use of instrumental music in public worship.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Sweet voices mix'd with instrumental sounds.
  3. (grammar) Applied to a case expressing means or agency, generally indicated in English by by or with with the objective.
    the instrumental case

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Noun

instrumental (plural instrumentals)

  1. (grammar) The instrumental case.
  2. (music) A composition written or performed without lyrics, sometimes using a lead instrument to replace vocals.
    • 1977, Stereo Review (volume 38, page 70)
      I recommend this album in the face of the fact that five of the eleven songs are the purest filler, dull instrumentals with a harmonica rifling over an indifferent rhythm section. The rest is magnificent [...]
  3. (plural only, music) The backing track of a song. The audio of a song without the vocal track.

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Catalan

Adjective

instrumental (masculine and feminine plural instrumentals)

  1. instrumental

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

instrumental (feminine singular instrumentale, masculine plural instrumentaux, feminine plural instrumentales)

  1. instrumental

Noun

instrumental m (plural instrumentaux)

  1. (grammar) the instrumental case

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Further reading


German

Etymology

From French instrumental.

Instrument +‎ -al

Pronunciation

Adjective

instrumental (not comparable)

  1. (music) instrumental

Declension

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Middle English

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Medieval Latin instrumentalis; equivalent to instrument +‎ -al.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /instriu?m?n'ta:l/, /instru'm?ntal/

Adjective

instrumental (rare)

  1. Resembling an instrument in role; instrumental (serving as a means)
  2. Resembling an instrument in use (i.e. being used as a tool)
  3. Resembling a (specific kind of) instrument in appearance.

Descendants

  • English: instrumental

References


Portuguese

Adjective

instrumental m or f (plural instrumentais, comparable)

  1. (music) instrumental (having no singing)
  2. (grammar) instrumental (pertaining to the instrumental case)

Noun

instrumental m (plural instrumentais)

  1. (uncountable, grammar) instrumental (grammatical case)
  2. (countable, music) instrumental (composition without singing)

Serbo-Croatian

Noun

?nstrument?l m (Cyrillic spelling )

  1. the instrumental case
  2. (music) a composition made for instruments only or a (version of some) song in which only the instruments are heard

Declension


Slovene

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /í:nstrum?ntal/, /instrum?ntá:l/

Noun

?nstrumental or instrument?l m inan

  1. (grammar) instrumental case
    Synonym: orodnik
  2. (music) instrumental music

Inflection

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Spanish

Adjective

instrumental (plural instrumentales)

  1. instrumental

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