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Device vs. Instrument

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  • Device (noun)

    Any piece of equipment made for a particular purpose, especially a mechanical or electrical one.

    "There are a number of household devices in a kitchen such as a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, or an electric can opener."

  • Device (noun)

    A peripheral device; an item of hardware.

  • Device (noun)

    A project or scheme, often designed to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.

  • Device (noun)

    An improvised explosive device, home-made bomb

  • Device (noun)

    A technique that an author or speaker uses to evoke an emotional response in the audience; a rhetorical device.

  • Device (noun)

    A motto, emblem, or other mark used to distinguish the bearer from others. A device differs from a badge or cognizance primarily because as it is a personal distinction, and not a badge borne by members of the same house successively.

  • Device (noun)

    Power of devising; invention; contrivance.

  • Device (noun)

    An image used in whole or in part as a trademark or service mark.

  • Device (noun)

    An image or logo denoting official or proprietary authority or provenience.

  • Device (noun)

    A spectacle or show.

  • Device (noun)

    Opinion; decision.

  • Instrument (noun)

    A device used to produce music.

    "The violinist was a master of her instrument."

  • Instrument (noun)

    A means or agency for achieving an effect.

  • Instrument (noun)

    A measuring or displaying device.

    "ux|en|The instrument detected an increase in radioactivity."

  • Instrument (noun)

    A tool, implement used for manipulation or measurement.

    "ux|en|The dentist set down his tray of instruments."

    "ux|en|The scientist recorded the temperature with a thermometer but wished he had a more accurate instrument."

  • Instrument (noun)

    A legal document, such as a contract, deed, trust, mortgage, power, indenture, or will.

    "A bond indenture is the instrument that gives a bond its value."

    "Negotiable instruments are the foundation of the debt markets."

  • Instrument (noun)

    A person used as a mere tool for achieving a goal.

  • Instrument (verb)

    To apply measuring devices.

  • Instrument (verb)

    To devise, conceive, cook up, plan.

  • Instrument (verb)

    To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument.

    "a sonata instrumented for orchestra"

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Device (noun)

    That which is devised, or formed by design; a contrivance; an invention; a project; a scheme; often, a scheme to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.

  • Device (noun)

    Power of devising; invention; contrivance.

  • Device (noun)

    An emblematic design, generally consisting of one or more figures with a motto, used apart from heraldic bearings to denote the historical situation, the ambition, or the desire of the person adopting it. See Cognizance.

  • Device (noun)

    Anything fancifully conceived.

  • Device (noun)

    A spectacle or show.

  • Device (noun)

    Opinion; decision.

  • Device (noun)

    any artifactual object designed to perform an action or process, with or without an operator in attendance.

  • Instrument (noun)

    That by means of which any work is performed, or result is effected; a tool; a utensil; an implement; a device; as, the instruments of a mechanic; astronomical instruments.

  • Instrument (noun)

    A contrivance or implement, by which musical sounds are produced; as, a musical instrument.

  • Instrument (noun)

    A writing, as the means of giving formal expression to some act; a writing expressive of some act, contract, process, as a deed, contract, writ, etc.

  • Instrument (noun)

    One who, or that which, is made a means, or is caused to serve a purpose; a medium, means, or agent; as, their army was primarily an instrument of oppression.

  • Instrument

    To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument; as, a sonata instrumented for orchestra.

  • Instrument

    To furnish or equip with instruments; to attach instruments to; as, the fighter planes were heavily instrumented; the patient was instrumented to monitor him remotely.

Webster Dictionary
  • Device (noun)

    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose;

    "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"

    "a device intended to conserve water"

  • Device (noun)

    something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect

  • Device (noun)

    any clever (deceptive) maneuver;

    "he would stoop to any device to win a point"

  • Device (noun)

    any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)

  • Device (noun)

    an emblematic design (especially in heraldry);

    "he was recognized by the device on his shield"

  • Instrument (noun)

    a device that requires skill for proper use

  • Instrument (noun)

    the means whereby some act is accomplished;

    "my greed was the instrument of my destruction"

    "science has given us new tools to fight disease"

  • Instrument (noun)

    a person used by another to gain an end

  • Instrument (noun)

    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

  • Instrument (noun)

    the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process

  • Instrument (noun)

    any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds

  • Instrument (verb)

    equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling

  • Instrument (verb)

    write an instrumental score for

  • Instrument (verb)

    address a legal document to

Princeton's WordNet

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