Synonyms of instrument
1 toolDictionary • a thin tube-like optical instrument
tool • The best tool for the purpose is a pair of shears.
device • This device can measure minute quantities of matter.
implement • writing implements
mechanism • The heat-producing mechanism will switch itself on automatically.
appliance • He could learn to use the washing machine and other household appliances.
apparatus • He was rescued by firemen wearing breathing apparatus.
gadget • a handy gadget for slicing vegetables
utensil • The technique uses a single utensil to cook and serve.
contraption (informal) • an interesting musical contraption called a Theremin
contrivance • They wear simple clothes and shun modern contrivances.
2 meterDictionary • navigation instruments
indicator • The number of wells is a fair indicator of the demand for water.
gauge • a temperature gauge
3 agentDictionary • The veto is a traditional instrument for diplomacy.
agent • the bleaching agent in white flour
force • The army was the most powerful political force.
cause • Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of death and disease.
medium • English is used as a medium of instruction at primary level.
agency (old-fashioned) • a negotiated settlement through the agency of the UN
channel • We'll be lodging a complaint through the official channels.
vehicle • Her art became a vehicle for her political beliefs.
mechanism • the clumsy mechanism of price controls
organ • the People's Daily, the official organ of the Chinese Commmunist Party
4 puppetDictionary (informal) • The Council was an instrument of Government.
puppet • The ministers have denied that they are puppets of a foreign government.
tool • He became the tool of the security services.
pawn • He is being used as a political pawn by the President.
toy • He was really too old for children's toys.
creature • We are not merely creatures of our employers.
dupe • He was accused of being a dupe of the communists.
stooge (slang) • He has vehemently rejected claims that he is a government stooge.
plaything • an untidy garden scattered with children's playthings
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• a negotiated settlement through the agency of the UN
agentA chemical that has a particular effect or is used for a particular purpose can be referred to as a particular kind of agent.
• the bleaching agent in white flour
apparatusApparatus is the equipment, such as tools and machines, which is used to do a particular job or activity.
• He was rescued by firemen wearing breathing apparatus.
Thesaurus for instrument from the Collins English Thesaurus
a mechanical implement or tool, esp one used for precision work