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Instrumental

In`stru`men´tal
a.1.
1.Acting as an instrument; serving as a means; contributing to promote; conductive; helpful; serviceable; as, he was instrumental in conducting the business.
The head is not more native to the heart,
The hand more instrumental to the mouth.
- Shak.
2.(Mus.) Pertaining to, made by, or prepared for, an instrument, esp. a musical instrument; as, instrumental music, distinguished from vocal music.
Sweet voices mix'd with instrumental sounds.
- Dryden.
3.(Gram.) Applied to a case expressing means or agency; as, the instrumental case. This is found in Sanskrit and Russian as a separate case, but in Greek it was merged into the dative, and in Latin into the ablative. In Old English it was a separate case, but has disappeared, leaving only a few anomalous forms.
Instrumental errors
those errors in instrumental measurements, etc., which arise, exclusively from lack of mathematical accuracy in an instrument.
Adj.1.instrumental - relating to or designed for or performed on musical instruments; "instrumental compositions"; "an instrumental ensemble"
Antonyms:
vocal - relating to or designed for or using the singing voice; "vocal technique"; "the vocal repertoire"; "organized a vocal group to sing his compositions"
2.instrumental - serving or acting as a means or aid; "instrumental in solving the crime"
Synonyms: implemental
accessory, adjuvant, advantageous, agential, agentival, agentive, ancillary, assistant, assisting, auxiliary, beneficial, catalytic, concert, conducive, contributory, dramatico-musical, employable, facilitating, favoring, forwarding, fostering, handy, helpful, helping, important, intermediary, jazz, jazzy, mediating, mediatorial, ministerial, ministering, ministrant, nurtural, nutricial, of service, orchestral, promoting, rock, serviceable, serving, significant, subservient, subsidiary, supporting, supportive, swing, symphonic, syncopated, useful, utilitarian, valuable
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