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Instrument

1. See: Security.

2. Any tool that a government may use to influence the economy. Common instruments include setting prevailing interest rates, raising or lowering taxes, and awarding contracts to the private sector to stimulate demand for goods and services.

3. See: Contract.

instrument

A legal document, such as a check, a security, or a will.

instrument

A written legal document.

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With mixed feelings, she seated herself at a little distance from the numbers round the instrument, to listen.
Religious discord has lost her sting; the cumbrous weapons of theological warfare are antiquated; the field of politics supplies the alchemists of our times with materials of more fatal explosion, and the butchers of mankind no longer travel to another world for instruments of cruelty and destruction.
I became almost frantic as I let my imagination run riot among the possibilities for which this clicking instrument might stand.
Johnson," I said, "and attend to the work of unpacking the extra instruments and having them properly set upon the bridge.
The preferring of Apollo and his instruments to Marsyas and his instruments is not at all strange, I said.
An instrument is a "measure" of a set of stimuli which are serially ordered when its responses, in all cases where they are relevantly different, are arranged in a series in the same order.
The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society.
Sir," said Captain Nemo, showing me the instruments hanging on the walls of his room, "here are the contrivances required for the navigation of the Nautilus.
The murmur soon became more distinct; it now seemed like a distant concert of human voices accompanied by brass instruments.
The instruments provided for the journey consisted of two barometers, two thermometers, two compasses, a sextant, two chronometers, an artificial horizon, and an altazimuth, to throw out the height of distant and inaccessible objects.
By the light which escaped from it, the prisoner beheld, all about the room, frightful instruments whose use she did not understand.
What memories cling 'round the instruments of our pleasure.