Instrument vs. Machine

Instrument vs. Machine — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Instrument and Machine

Instrumentnoun

A tool or implement used to do or facilitate work, especially a small precision tool used by a professional

sterilized the scalpel and other surgical instruments.

Machinenoun

A device consisting of fixed and moving parts that redirects mechanical energy to accomplish a particular task or set of tasks.

Instrumentnoun

A device for recording, measuring, or controlling, especially such a device functioning as part of a control system.

Machinenoun

See simple machine.

Instrumentnoun

(Music) A device designed to enable a person to make musical sounds, as by blowing into it, striking it, depressing the keys on a keyboard, or plucking, strumming, or running a bow over strings.

Machinenoun

See compound machine.

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Instrumentnoun

A means by which something is done; an agency

"The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices / Make instruments to plague us" (Shakespeare).

Machinenoun

A system or device for doing work, as an automobile or jackhammer, together with its power source and auxiliary equipment.

Instrumentnoun

One used by another to accomplish a purpose; a dupe.

Machinenoun

A system or device, such as a computer, that performs or assists in the performance of a human task

The machine is down.

Instrumentnoun

A legal document, especially one that represents a right of payment or conveys an interest, such as a check, promissory note, deed, or will.

Machinenoun

An intricate natural system or organism, such as the human body.

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Instrumentverb

To provide or equip with instruments.

Machinenoun

A person who acts in a rigid, mechanical, or unconscious manner.

Instrumentverb

(Music) To compose or arrange for performance.

Machinenoun

An organized group of people whose members are or appear to be under the control of one or more leaders

a political machine.

Instrumentnoun

A device used to produce music.

The violinist was a master of her instrument.

Machinenoun

A device used to produce a stage effect, especially a mechanical means of lowering an actor onto the stage.

Instrumentnoun

A means or agency for achieving an effect.

Machinenoun

A literary device used to produce an effect, especially the introduction of a supernatural being to resolve a plot.

Instrumentnoun

A measuring or displaying device.

Machinenoun

An answering machine

Leave a message on my machine if I'm not home.

Instrumentnoun

A tool, implement used for manipulation or measurement.

Machineadjective

Of, relating to, or felt to resemble a machine

machine repairs.machine politics.

Instrumentnoun

(legal) A legal document, such as a contract, deed, trust, mortgage, power, indenture, or will.

A bond indenture is the instrument that gives a bond its value.Negotiable instruments are the foundation of the debt markets.

Machineverb

To cut, shape, or finish by machine.

Instrumentnoun

(figuratively) A person used as a mere tool for achieving a goal.

Machineverb

To be cut, shaped, or finished by machine

This metal machines easily.

Instrumentverb

(transitive) To apply measuring devices.

Machinenoun

A device that directs and controls energy, often in the form of movement or electricity, to produce a certain effect.

Instrumentverb

(transitive) To devise, conceive, cook up, plan.

Machinenoun

(dated) A vehicle operated mechanically, such as an automobile or an airplane.

Instrumentverb

To perform upon an instrument; to prepare for an instrument.

a sonata instrumented for orchestra

Machinenoun

An answering machine or, by extension, voice mail.

I called you earlier, but all I got was the machine.

Instrumentnoun

a device that requires skill for proper use

Machinenoun

(computing) A computer.

Game developers assume they're pushing the limits of the machine.He refuses to turn off his Linux machine.

Instrumentnoun

the means whereby some act is accomplished;

my greed was the instrument of my destructionscience has given us new tools to fight disease

Machinenoun

(figuratively) A person or organisation that seemingly acts like a machine, being particularly efficient, single-minded, or unemotional.

Bruce Campbell was a "demon-killing machine" because he made quick work of killing demons.The government has become a money-making machine.

Instrumentnoun

a person used by another to gain an end

Machinenoun

Especially, the group that controls a political or similar organization; a combination of persons acting together for a common purpose, with the agencies which they use.

Instrumentnoun

(law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

Machinenoun

Supernatural agency in a poem, or a superhuman being introduced to perform some exploit.

Instrumentnoun

the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process

Machinenoun

The system of special interest groups that supports a political party, especially in urban areas.

Instrumentnoun

any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds

Machinenoun

Penis.

Instrumentverb

equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling

Machineverb

to make by machinery.

Instrumentverb

write an instrumental score for

Machineverb

to shape or finish by machinery.

Instrumentverb

address a legal document to

Machinenoun

any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks

Machinenoun

an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently;

the war machine

Machinenoun

an efficient person;

the boxer was a magnificent fighting machine

Machinenoun

4-wheeled motor vehicle; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine;

he needs a car to get to work

Machinenoun

a group that controls the activities of a political party;

he was endorsed by the Democratic machine

Machinenoun

a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point

Machineverb

turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery

Machineverb

make by machinery;

The Americans were machining while others still hand-made cars