instrument


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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.

References in classic literature ?
Well, I sat there all night, listening to that tantalizing clicking, now and then moving the sending-key just to let the other end know that the instrument had been discovered.
The incident of the finding of that buried telegraph instrument upon the lonely Sahara is little short of uncanny, in view of your story of the adventures of David Innes.
If he had ever raised a cairn above the telegraph instrument no sign of it remained now.
When we reached the spot and unearthed the little box the instrument was quiet, nor did repeated attempts upon the part of our telegrapher succeed in winning a response from the other end of the line.
He didn't need to be told what caused my excitement, for the instant he was awake he, too, heard the long-hoped for click, and with a whoop of delight pounced upon the instrument.
I found him in the act of destroying the reserve instruments, and when I would have interfered to protect them he fell upon me and beat me.
All this time it had been impossible to work upon the damaged engines or the gravity-screen generators; but we had a full set of instruments upon the bridge, for Alvarez, after discovering my intentions, had fetched the reserve instruments from his own cabin, where he had hidden them.
With mixed feelings, she seated herself at a little distance from the numbers round the instrument, to listen.
Knightley had had no concern in giving the instrument. But whether he were entirely free from peculiar attachmentwhether there were no actual preferenceremained a little longer doubtful.
I observed in the king's kitchen all sorts of mathematical and musical instruments, after the figures of which they cut up the joints that were served to his majesty's table.
"And these other instruments, the use of which I cannot guess?"
The partitions had doors that were shut hermetically by means of india-rubber instruments, and they ensured the safety of the Nautilus in case of a leak.