See also:mechanical contrivance, implement or
See also:tool; the word is more particularly applied to the implements of applied science, in
See also:mathematics, surgery,
See also:surveying, &c., while those of the handicrafts are generally known as " tools . A specific use of the
See also:term is for the various contrivances used to produce musical sounds, " musical
See also:instruments." In
See also:law an " instrument " is any formal or written document by which expression is given to a legal
See also:act or. agreement . This is a classical use of the
See also:Lat. instrumentum, a document, record . The term may be used in a wide sense, as a mere writing, meant only to
See also:form a record, or in a particular sense with reference to certain statutes . For example, the
See also:Stamp Act 1891 defines an instrument as an expression including every written document; for the purposes of the Forgery Act 1861 a
See also:office telegram accepting a wager has been defined as an instrument . In expressions such as " deed, will, or other written instrument " the word means any written document under which a right or liability, legal or equitable, exists .
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