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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The company produces electronic instrumentation systems.
▪ Another kind of KLEZmer group had the instrumentation of a small military or marching band.
▪ B.. Regardless of what instrumentation you had, you still played these different kinds of songs.
▪ Besides, three-quarters of forensic scientific work doesn't require all this sophisticated instrumentation.
▪ Davis began incorporating funk, rock and electric instrumentation with a vengeance.
▪ His final position before he left Harwell last year was director of process technology and instrumentation.
▪ Looks aren't everything, of course, and that homely exterior houses some hi-tech instrumentation.
▪ The change in instrumentation thus touched off an explosion of information.
▪ The rest of the instrumentation comprises trumpet, drums and percussion.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Orchestration \Or`ches*tra"tion\, n. (Mus.) The arrangement of music for an orchestra; orchestral treatment of a composition; -- called also instrumentation.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"composition and arrangement of music for instruments," 1845, from French instrumentation, from instrument (see instrument) + -ation.


n. 1 The act of using or adapting as an instrument; a series or combination of instruments; means; agency. 2 The arrangement of a musical composition for performance by a number of different instruments; orchestration; instrumental composition; composition for an orchestra or military band. 3 The act or manner of playing upon musical instruments; performance; as, his instrumentation is perfect. 4 On a vehicle, dashboard gauges monitoring engine functions and performance, along with other essential functions.

  1. n. an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end [syn: instrumentality]

  2. the act of providing or using the instruments needed for some implementation

  3. the instruments called for in a musical score or arrangement for a band or orchestra

  4. the act of arranging a piece of music for an orchestra and assigning parts to the different musical instruments [syn: orchestration]


Instrumentation is the development or use of measuring instruments for observation, monitoring or control. An instrument is a device that measures a physical quantity, such as flow, temperature, level, distance, angle, or pressure. Instruments may be as simple as direct reading hand-held thermometers or as complex as multi-variable process analyzers. Although instrumentation is often used to measure and control process variables within a laboratory or manufacturing area, it can be found in the household as well. A smoke detector is one example of a common instrument found in many western homes.

Ralph Müller (1940) states "That the history of physical science is largely the history of instruments and their intelligent use is well known. The broad generalizations and theories which have arisen from time to time have stood or fallen on the basis of accurate measurement, and in several instances new instruments have had to be devised for the purpose. There is little evidence to show that the mind of modern man is superior to that of the ancients. His tools are incomparably better."

Davis Baird has argued that the major change associated with Floris Cohens identification of a "fourth big scientific revolution" after World War II is the development of scientific instrumentation, not only in chemistry but across the sciences. In chemistry, the introduction of new instrumentation in the 1940s was "nothing less than a scientific and technological revolution" in which classical wet-and-dry methods of structural organic chemistry were discarded, and new areas of research opened up.

The ability to make precise, verifiable and reproducible measurements of the natural world, at levels that were not previously observable, using scientific instrumentation, has "provided a different texture of the world". This instrumentation revolution fundamentally changes human abilities to monitor and respond, as is illustrated in the examples of DDT monitoring and the use of UV spectrophotometry and gas chromatography to monitor water pollutants.

The control of processes is one of the main branches of applied instrumentation. Instruments are often part of a control system in refineries, factories, and vehicles. Instruments attached to a control system may provide signals used to operate a variety of other devices, and to support either remote or automated control capabilities. These are often referred to as final control elements when controlled remotely or by a control system. As early as 1954, Wildhack discussed both the productive and destructive potential inherent in process control.

Instrumentation (disambiguation)

Instrumentation is the art and science of measurement and control.

Instrumentation may also refer to:

Instrumentation (music)

In music, instrumentation is the particular combination of musical instruments employed in a composition, and the properties of those instruments individually. Instrumentation is sometimes used as a synonym for orchestration. This juxtaposition of the two terms was first made in 1843 by Hector Berlioz in his Grand traité d’instrumentation et d’orchestration modernes, and various attempts have since been made to differentiate them. Instrumentation is a more general term referring to an orchestrator's, composer's or arranger's selection of instruments in varying combinations, or even a choice made by the performers for a particular performance, as opposed to the narrower sense of orchestration, which is the act of scoring for orchestra a work originally written for a solo instrument or smaller group of instruments .

Instrumentation (computer programming)

In the context of computer programming, instrumentation refers to an ability to monitor or measure the level of a product's performance, to diagnose errors and to write trace information. Programmers implement instrumentation in the form of code instructions that monitor specific components in a system (for example, instructions may output logging information to appear on screen). When an application contains instrumentation code, it can be managed using a management tool. Instrumentation is necessary to review the performance of the application. Instrumentation approaches can be of two types: Source instrumentation and binary instrumentation.

Usage examples of "instrumentation".

Brattleboro library, making great use of their interlibrary loan services, studying navigation, star charts, instrumentation, and related subjects.

There was lots of legroom and a complex array of digital instrumentation visible all around, none of which he recognized.

Since according to the steadily lengthening list of benchmarks being provided by the instrumentation there was no neurobiological basis for such enlargement, it had to be a scanner error.

It is regrettable they were not fitted with instrumentation able to fully monitor the neurochemical changes that within their systems took place while under fire they were.

The other instrumentation was mostly fiddles, flutes, and whistles, but there were also a pair of mandolins, a guitar, bodhrans, and the inevitable tenor banjo playing too loud above it all.

Standing over their camouflaged burrows, he methodically fried the subsurface instrumentation that had governed their actions.

He went to it and began sorting through the things he found there, returning with a clamplike device, making adjustments to its instrumentation, setting it.

In the rear of the building Millie Carnavon was carefully repacking delicate instrumentation.

The human was a spy, all right, whose operations had been monitored all along by sophisticated instrumentation aboard an as-yet-undetected interstellar craft.

How far removed delicious, exquisite Feiqa was from the motivated artifices, the lies and fabrications, the propaganda, the demeaning, sterile, unsatisfying, reductive, negative superficialities of antibiological roles, the prescriptions of an unnatural and pathological politics, the manipulative instrumentations of monsters and freaks.

In the laboratories of LeFever, there were spectrometers, gas liquid chromatographs, nuclear magnetic scanners, and other instruments, rapid and precise, with which to analyze and test aromatic substances, but since the worth of a fragrance depends upon its effect on the nose, scientific instrumentation could never hope to replace the sniffing snout of flesh as the final arbiter of fragrance value, and, by general agreement, Marcel's nose was the finest in the business.

A great number of experiments on living monkey brains, with miniaturized instrumentation of many different kinds, had established that while consciousness was thinking, amino-acid sequences were shifting, tub-ulin dimers in many different places in the brain were changing configuration, in pulsed phases.

A great number of experiments on living monkey brains, with miniaturized instrumentation of many different kinds, had established that while consciousness was thinking, amino-acid sequences were shifting, tubulin dimers in many different places in the brain were changing configuration, in pulsed phases.

The TOC's instrumentation ran off a portable fusion power plant adapted from the drive unit of a Frisian armored vehicle.

He found himself standing beside Dr Brohier, listening to two tech-nicians calling off the instrumentation checks.