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instruction

[in-struhk-shuh n] /ɪnˈstrʌk ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or practice of instructing or teaching; education.
2.
knowledge or information imparted.
3.
an item of such knowledge or information.
4.
Usually, instructions. orders or directions:
The instructions are on the back of the box.
5.
the act of furnishing with authoritative directions.
6.
Computers. a command given to a computer to carry out a particular operation.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English instruccio(u)n < Latin instructiōn- (stem of instructiō). See instruct, -ion
Related forms
instructional, adjective
misinstruction, noun
noninstructional, adjective
noninstructionally, adverb
overinstruction, noun
preinstruction, noun
reinstruction, noun
self-instruction, noun
Synonyms
1. tutoring, coaching; training, drill, exercise; indoctrination; schooling. 5. command, mandate.
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Examples from the web for instruction
  • In the current political discourse, civic education means more than instruction about the functions of government.
  • Online education will be part of the future, but on-site instruction brings benefits beyond the obvious.
  • Yes, online instruction can enhance traditional education, but teaching methods need to be adapted.
  • He said math and science instruction should be priorities and urged parents to stay involved in their children's education.
  • Consumer-electronics instruction manuals need a makeover.
  • Two-thirds of those presidents said online learning was comparable to face-to-face instruction.
  • The balance between instruction and invitation to delve deeper is skilfully struck.
  • The researchers found that good instruction promoted stronger reading development.
  • Fill out the form and you will be emailed instruction on downloading your ticket.
  • Clasp your hands and remove your shoes for an hour of instruction.
British Dictionary definitions for instruction

instruction

/ɪnˈstrʌkʃən/
noun
1.
a direction; order
2.
the process or act of imparting knowledge; teaching; education
3.
(computing) a part of a program consisting of a coded command to the computer to perform a specified function
Derived Forms
instructional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for instruction
n.

c.1400, instruccioun, "action or process of teaching," from Old French instruccion (14c.), from Latin instructionem (nominative instructio) "building, arrangement, teaching," from past participle stem of instruere "arrange, inform, teach," from in- "on" (see in- (2)) + struere "to pile, build" (see structure (n.)). Meaning "an authoritative direction telling someone what to do; a document giving such directions," is early 15c. Related: Instructions.

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instruction in Science
instruction
  (ĭn-strŭk'shən)   
A sequence of bits that tells a computer's central processing unit to perform a particular operation. An instruction can also contain data to be used in the operation.
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instruction in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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