What does the word instrumental mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Instrumentality.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Helpful.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Fitted for or played upon musical instruments.

Usage examples for instrumental

  1. The spirit of this injunction requires all parents to train up their children in that way in which they may be of the greatest service to Christ; and not only to be willing- that would be but a small measure of Christian feeling- but earnestly and constantly to pray, that they may be employed in that part of his vineyard, and in that kind of work, where they can be instrumental of the most good, even though it be on some distant shore, teaching the alphabet to the ignorant and degraded. – Thoughts on Missions by Sheldon Dibble
  2. As soon as the guests were seated, an admirable concert of instrumental music began. – The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I. by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  3. Then he remembered that no one had as yet paid so dearly for this struggle, no one had suffered so much, no one had been so instrumental in bringing the truth to light, as he, and this was the way in which he was treated! – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope