Definitions of instrumentation
  1. noun
    the act of providing or using the instruments needed for some implementation
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    effectuation, implementation
    the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect
  2. noun
    an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
    synonyms: instrumentality
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    an artifact made of hard brittle material produced from nonmetallic minerals by firing at high temperatures
    connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion
    an instrumentality that connects
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
    conveyance, transport
    something that serves as a means of transportation
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
    an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
    (usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable
    hardware, ironware
    instrumentalities (tools or implements) made of metal
    instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
    an instrumentality for accomplishing some end
    instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity
    toilet articles, toiletry
    artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)
    arms, implements of war, munition, weaponry, weapons system
    weapons considered collectively
    a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
    acoustic device
    a device for amplifying or transmitting sound
    adapter, adaptor
    device that enables something to be used in a way different from that for which it was intended or makes different pieces of apparatus compatible
    a device injects fuel into a hot exhaust for extra thrust
    a device that causes material to gather into rounded balls
    aerofoil, airfoil, control surface, surface
    a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
    alarm, alarm system, warning device
    a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event
    ammo, ammunition
    projectiles to be fired from a gun
    an astringent substance applied to the skin to reduce perspiration
    apparatus, setup
    equipment designed to serve a specific function
    appliance, contraption, contrivance, convenience, gadget, gismo, gizmo, widget
    a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
    applicator, applier
    a device for applying a substance
    appointment, fitting
    (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel)
    weaponry used by military or naval force
    aspergill, aspersorium
    a short-handled device with a globe containing a sponge; used for sprinkling holy water
    attachment, bond
    a connection that fastens things together
    audio system, sound system
    a system of electronic equipment for recording or reproducing sound
    equipment used to achieve automatic control or operation
    automatic pilot, autopilot, robot pilot
    a navigational device that automatically keeps ships or planes or spacecraft on a steady course
    the part of a network that connects other networks together
    a flexible container with a single opening
    bag, handbag, pocketbook, purse
    a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
    bait, decoy, lure
    something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
    a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon
    basket, handbasket
    a container that is usually woven and has handles
    bath oil
    a scented oil added to your bath water
    bath salts
    a preparation that softens or scents a bath
    an implement for beating
    billiard marker
    a device for keeping the score in a game of billiards
    a container; usually has a lid
    bird feeder, birdfeeder, feeder
    an outdoor device that supplies food for wild birds
    a device that produces a current of air
    an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
    has V-shaped notch for pulling off boots
    bowl, pipe bowl
    a small round container that is open at the top for holding tobacco
    a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid
    bread-bin, breadbox
    a container used to keep bread or cake in
    breathalyser, breathalyzer
    a device that measures chemicals (especially the alcohol content) in a person's expired breath
    breathing apparatus, breathing device, breathing machine, ventilator
    a device that facilitates breathing in cases of respiratory failure
    rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material
    an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
    any of various devices in which air or some other gas is bubbled through a liquid
    buff, buffer
    an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)
    buffer, fender
    a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact
    a large container for storing fuel
    can, tin, tin can
    airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.
    an implement with a small cup at the end of a handle; used to extinguish the flame of a candle
    canister, cannister, tin
    metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour
    a small container
    cargo container
    a large container for freight
    a portable container for carrying several objects
    case, display case, showcase, vitrine
    a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
    a container that holds a magnetic tape used for recording or playing sound or video
    catapult, launcher
    a device that launches aircraft from a warship
    battery charger, charger
    a device for charging or recharging batteries
    cleaning device, cleaning equipment, cleaning implement
    any of a large class of implements used for cleaning
    a device (as an earring, sunglasses, microphone etc.) that is attached by clips
    a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair
    baby's dummy, comforter, pacifier, teething ring
    device used for an infant to suck or bite on
    communication system
    a system for communicating
    ADP system, ADPS, automatic data processing system, computer system, computing system
    a system of one or more computers and associated software with common storage
    a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
    (physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor
    birth control device, contraceptive, contraceptive device, preventative, preventive, prophylactic device
    an agent or device intended to prevent conception
    control system
    a system for controlling the operation of another system
    converter, convertor
    a device for changing one substance or form or state into another
    cooling system, engine cooling system
    equipment in a motor vehicle that cools the engine
    a device for removing the core from apples
    corrective, restorative
    a device for treating injury or disease
    a toiletry designed to beautify the body
    cream, emollient, ointment
    toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
    a device that crushes something
    a device for deciphering codes and ciphers
    a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle
    curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pall
    hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
    a device that terminates the flow in a pipe
    a cylindrical container for oxygen or compressed air
    dampener, moistener
    a device that dampens or moistens something
    damper, muffler
    a device that decreases the amplitude of electronic, mechanical, acoustical, or aerodynamic oscillations
    data system, information system
    system consisting of the network of all communication channels used within an organization
    defence system, defense system
    the weaponry available for the defense of a region
    a device intended to turn aside the flow of something (water or air or smoke etc)
    dental appliance
    a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth
    deodorant, deodourant
    a toiletry applied to the skin in order to mask unpleasant odors
    a device used by physician to press a part down or aside
    detector, sensing element, sensor
    any device that receives a signal or stimulus (as heat or pressure or light or motion etc.) and responds to it in a distinctive manner
    dice box, dice cup
    a small container (open at one end) in which dice are shaken by hand and from which they are thrown
    a device that holds the dies that cut external threads on metal cylinders
    a piece of dishware normally used as a container for holding or serving food
    a container so designed that the contents can be used in prescribed amounts
    conveyance consisting of a wheeled platform for moving heavy objects
    conveyance consisting of a wheeled support on which a camera can be mounted
    drainage system
    a system of watercourses or drains for carrying off excess water
    a boxlike container in a piece of furniture; made so as to slide in and out
    (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
    drop forge, drop hammer, drop press
    device for making large forgings
    a container designed to receive and transport and dump waste
    elastic device
    any flexible device that will return to its original shape when stretched
    electrical device
    a device that produces or is powered by electricity
    electrical system
    equipment in a motor vehicle that provides electricity to start the engine and ignite the fuel and operate the lights and windshield wiper and heater and air conditioner and radio
    electronic device
    a device that accomplishes its purpose electronically
    electronic equipment, electronics
    equipment that involves the controlled conduction of electrons (especially in a gas or vacuum or semiconductor)
    a container that has been emptied
    energiser, energizer
    a device that supplies electrical energy
    a flat (usually rectangular) container for a letter, thin package, etc.
    an implement used to erase something
    exercise device
    a device designed to provide exercise for the user
    exhaust, exhaust system
    system consisting of the parts of an engine through which burned gases or steam are discharged
    EDS, explosive detection system
    a rapid automatic system to detect plastic explosives in passengers' luggage using X-ray technology and computers; designed for use in airports
    explosive device
    device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
    ETD, explosive trace detection
    a system for screening luggage in airports; an agent passes a swab around or inside luggage and then runs the swab through a machine that can detect trace amounts of explosives
    a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces
    device that removes something from whatever passes through it
    asphyxiator, extinguisher, fire extinguisher
    a manually operated device for extinguishing small fires
    fire iron
    metal fireside implements
    an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing
    a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification
    fuel system
    equipment in a motor vehicle or aircraft that delivers fuel to the engine
    a device that generates a gas for the purpose of disinfecting or eradicating pests
    article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture
    furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
    game equipment
    equipment or apparatus used in playing a game
    gas fixture
    a device to convey illuminating gas from the pipe to the gas burner
    appurtenance, gear, paraphernalia
    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
    drinking glass, glass
    a container for holding liquids while drinking
    grab bag
    a container from which a person draws a wrapped item at random without knowing the contents
    a device that makes grooves by cutting or punching
    earth, ground
    a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)
    guard, safety, safety device
    a device designed to prevent injury or accidents
    guidance device, guidance system
    a system of equipment for automatically guiding the path of a vehicle (especially a missile)
    guns collectively
    hair grease, hair oil, hair tonic, hairdressing
    a toiletry for the hair
    hair spray
    toiletry consisting of a commercial preparation that is sprayed on the hair to hold it in place
    major items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile)
    heater, warmer
    device that heats water or supplies warmth to a room
    heat exchanger
    device that transfers heat from one liquid to another without allowing them to mix
    a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls
    holding device
    a device for holding something
    a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
    assemblage, hookup
    a system of components assembled together for a particular purpose
    a device providing a connection between a power source and a user
    a device having the shape of a horn
    a conveyance (railroad car or trailer) for transporting racehorses
    foil, hydrofoil
    a device consisting of a flat or curved piece (as a metal plate) so that its surface reacts to the water it is passing through
    a device produced by pressure on a surface
    a device for showing the operating condition of some system
    inertial guidance system, inertial navigation system
    a system to control a plane or spacecraft; uses inertial forces
    a device that requires skill for proper use
    ignition interlock, interlock
    a device that prevents an automotive engine from starting
    a device for automatically interrupting an electric current
    branding iron, iron
    implement used to brand live stock
    a device that holds a piece of machine work and guides the tools operating on it
    a small connector used to make temporary electrical connections
    conjunction, junction
    something that joins or connects
    metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
    device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like
    a device invented by Edison that gave an impression of movement as an endless loop of film moved continuously over a light source with a rapid shutter; precursor of the modern motion picture
    doorknocker, knocker, rapper
    a device (usually metal and ornamental) attached by a hinge to a door
    leather strip
    implement consisting of a strip of leather
    life support, life-support system
    medical equipment that assists or replaces important bodily functions and so enables a patient to live who otherwise might not survive
    life support, life-support system
    equipment that makes life possible in otherwise deadly environmental conditions
    a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg
    lifting device
    a device for lifting heavy loads
    igniter, ignitor, light, lighter
    a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
    conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers
    a system of locks in a canal or waterway
    any of various cosmetic preparations that are applied to the skin
    any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
    (physics) a device that attracts iron and produces a magnetic field
    magnetic bottle
    container consisting of any configuration of magnetic fields used to contain a plasma during controlled thermonuclear reactions
    a conveyance that transports the letters and packages that are conveyed by the postal system
    a container for something to be mailed
    manger, trough
    a container (usually in a barn or stable) from which cattle or horses feed
    things needed for doing or making something
    equipage, materiel
    equipment and supplies of a military force
    labyrinth, maze, warren
    complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost
    a container of some standard capacity that is used to obtain fixed amounts of a substance
    mechanical system
    a system of elements that interact on mechanical principles
    device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
    memory device, storage device
    a device that preserves information for retrieval
    cast, mold, mould
    container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens
    hair gel, hair mousse, mousse
    toiletry consisting of an aerosol foam used in hair styling
    instrument, musical instrument
    any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
    navigational system
    a system that provides information useful in determining the position and course of a ship or aircraft
    naval equipment
    equipment for a navy
    naval weaponry
    weaponry for warships
    a sharp pointed implement (usually steel)
    nest egg
    device consisting of an artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay their eggs in it
    electronic network, network
    (electronics) a system of interconnected electronic components or circuits
    a system of intersecting lines or channels
    a device (such as a clapper or bell or horn) used to make a loud noise at a celebration
    an implement used to propel or steer a boat
    optical device
    a device for producing or controlling light
    a manually operated device to correct the operation of an automatic device
    package, parcel
    a wrapped container
    shallow container made of metal
    paper feed
    a device for inserting sheets of paper into a printer or typewriter
    a device for peeling vegetables or fruits
    essence, perfume
    a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor
    photographic equipment
    equipment used by a photographer
    pick, plectron, plectrum
    a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
    fuel pod, pod
    a detachable container of fuel on an airplane
    flowerpot, pot
    a container in which plants are cultivated
    any of various cosmetic or medical preparations dispensed in the form of a pulverized powder
    powder flask, powder horn
    container for carrying gunpowder; made of the hollow horn of an animal
    PTO, power takeoff
    a device that transfers power from an engine (as in a tractor or other motor vehicle) to another piece of equipment (as to a pump or jackhammer)
    goad, prod
    a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion
    autocue, prompter
    a device that displays words for people to read
    propulsion system
    a system that provides a propelling or driving force
    public transport
    conveyance for passengers or mail or freight
    a device used for pulling something
    radiotherapy equipment
    equipment used to treat diseases with x-rays or radioactivity
    a container that is used to put or keep things in
    recorder, recording equipment, recording machine
    equipment for making records
    device that reflects radiation
    button, release
    a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism
    a container where religious relics are stored or displayed (especially relics of saints)
    remote, remote control
    a device that can be used to control a machine or apparatus from a distance
    rescue equipment
    equipment used to rescue passengers in case of emergency
    device for resetting instruments or controls
    any system that resonates
    constraint, restraint
    a device that impede's something's motion
    robotics equipment
    equipment used in robotics
    a long thin implement made of metal or wood
    roll-on roll-off
    a method of transport (as a ferry or train or plane) that vehicles roll onto at the beginning and roll off of at the destination
    (computer science) a device that forwards data packets between computer networks
    carpet, carpeting, rug
    floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile)
    device consisting of the parts on which something can slide along
    a small container for holding salt at the dining table
    artificial satellite, orbiter, satellite
    man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
    bank, coin bank, money box, savings bank
    a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home
    scaffolding, staging
    a system of scaffolds
    a device used for scratching
    coal scuttle, scuttle
    container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire
    security system
    (computing) a system that enforces boundaries between computer networks
    selsyn, synchro
    a system consisting of a generator and a motor so connected that the motor will assume the same relative position as the generator; the generator and the motor are synchronized
    a container in which something can be shaken
    any implement that is used to make something (an edge or a point) sharper
    shaving cream, shaving soap
    toiletry consisting of a preparation of soap and fatty acids that forms a rich lather for softening the beard before shaving
    shaving foam
    toiletry consisting of a liquid preparation containing many small bubbles that soften the beard before shaving
    shipboard system
    a system designed to work as a coherent entity on board a naval ship
    cargo ships, merchant marine, merchant vessels, shipping
    conveyance provided by the ships belonging to one country or industry
    a device used for easing the foot into a shoe
    a wooden or metal device that is inserted into a shoe to preserve its shape when it is not being worn
    shooting stick
    device that resembles a spiked walking stick but the top opens into a seat
    a device that shreds documents (usually in order to prevent the wrong people from reading them)
    conveyance consisting of a small carrier attached to the side of a motorcycle
    signaling device
    a device used to send signals
    lift, ski lift, ski tow
    a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill
    slip ring
    connection consisting of a metal ring on a rotating part of a machine; provides a continuous electrical connection through brushes on stationary contacts
    a device to help you walk on deep snow; a lightweight frame shaped like a racquet is strengthened with cross pieces and contains a network of thongs; one is worn on each foot
    a cone-shaped implement with a handle; for extinguishing candles
    solar thermal system
    a system that converts sunlight into heat
    a device for making soundings
    source of illumination
    any device serving as a source of visible electromagnetic radiation
    fishgig, fizgig, gig, lance, spear
    an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
    a long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)
    a piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve or take up food
    sports equipment
    equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
    sports implement
    an implement used in a sport
    sprinkler system
    a system for extinguishing fires; water from a network of overhead pipes is released through nozzles that open automatically with the rise in temperature
    stabiliser, stabilizer
    a device for making something stable
    a device for removing stems from fruit (as from grapes or apples)
    an implement consisting of a length of wood
    a long thin implement resembling a length of wood
    an implement used for stirring
    any equipment constantly used as part of a profession or occupation
    storage ring
    container consisting of a set of magnets set in a doughnut-shaped ring around which charged particles from an accelerator can be kept circulating until they are used
    a device for straightening
    reinforcement, strengthener
    a device designed to provide additional strength
    a tool or rod used to level off grain or other granular material that is heaped in a measure
    a sharp pointed device attached to the cartridge of a record player
    suction cup
    a cup-shaped device (made of rubber, glass, or plastic) that produces a partial vacuum; used to adhere or draw something to a surface
    any device that bears the weight of another thing
    implement consisting of a small piece of cotton that is used to apply medication or cleanse a wound or obtain a specimen of a secretion
    flyswat, flyswatter, swatter
    an implement with a flat part (of mesh or plastic) and a long handle; used to kill insects
    a device that causes tobacco leaves or fruit or hides to sweat
    a device used in photography to synchronize the peak of a flash with the opening of the camera shutter
    an automotive system for shifting gears in which the gears revolve at the same speed and so shift smoothly
    any of various devices for reducing slack (as in a sewing machine) or taking up motion (as in a loom)
    teaching aid
    materials and equipment used in teaching
    a device for teasing wool
    line, phone line, subscriber line, telephone circuit, telephone line
    a telephone connection
    telfer, telpher
    one of the conveyances (or cars) in a telpherage
    patch, temporary hookup
    a connection intended to be used for a limited time
    test equipment
    equipment required to perform a test
    a small metal cap to protect the finger while sewing; can be used as a small container
    dart thrower, spear thrower, throwing board, throwing stick
    a device resembling a sling that is used in various primitive societies to propel a dart or spear
    a device for emptying a cask by tilting it without disturbing the dregs
    time capsule
    container for preserving historical records to be discovered at some future time
    pair of tongs, tongs
    any of various devices for taking hold of objects; usually have two hinged legs with handles above and pointed hooks below
    an implement used in the practice of a vocation
    small brush; has long handle; used to clean teeth
    a device regarded as providing amusement
    a large transport conveyance designed to be pulled by a truck or tractor
    aerial tramway, cable tramway, ropeway, tram, tramway
    a conveyance that transports passengers or freight in carriers suspended from cables and supported by a series of towers
    a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
    a device that activates or releases or causes something to happen
    tuning fork
    a metal implement with two prongs that gives a fixed tone when struck; used to tune musical instruments
    an implement for practical use (especially in a household)
    device in a brass wind instrument for varying the length of the air column to alter the pitch of a tone
    vaporiser, vaporizer
    a device that puts out a substance in the form of a vapor (especially for medicinal inhalation)
    a conveyance that transports people or objects
    a device (such as a fan) that introduces fresh air or expels foul air
    an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
    device consisting of a corrugated surface to scrub clothes on
    circular file, waste basket, waste-paper basket, wastebasket, wastepaper basket
    a container with an open top; for discarded paper and other rubbish
    water cooler
    a device for cooling and dispensing drinking water
    watering can, watering pot
    a container with a handle and a spout with a perforated nozzle; used to sprinkle water over plants
    wheeled vehicle
    a vehicle that moves on wheels and usually has a container for transporting things or people
    workbag, workbasket, workbox
    container for holding implements and materials for work (especially for sewing)
    writing implement
    an implement that is used to write
    coupling, yoke
    a connection (like a clamp or vise) between two things so they move together
    a medium for the expression or achievement of something
    a medium for written communication
    celluloid, cinema, film
    a medium that disseminates moving pictures
    print media
    a medium that disseminates printed matter
    data-storage medium, storage medium
    a medium for storing information
    telecom, telecommunication
    (often plural) systems used in transmitting messages over a distance electronically
    album, record album
    one or more recordings issued together; originally released on 12-inch phonograph records (usually with attractive record covers) and later on cassette audiotape and compact disc
    a medium, especially a website, for discussion of ideas and issues
    an additional piece of equipment used for some activity
    type of:
    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  3. noun
    the act of arranging a piece of music for an orchestra and assigning parts to the different musical instruments
    synonyms: orchestration
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    arrangement, arranging, transcription
    the act of arranging and adapting a piece of music
  4. noun
    the instruments called for in a musical score or arrangement for a band or orchestra
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    arrangement, musical arrangement
    a piece of music that has been adapted for performance by a particular set of voices or instruments
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