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instrumentation

[in-struh-men-tey-shuh n] /ˌɪn strə mɛnˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the arranging of music for instruments, especially for an orchestra.
2.
the list of instruments for which a composition is scored.
3.
the use of, or work done by, instruments.
5.
the science of developing, manufacturing, and utilizing instruments, especially those used in science and industry.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; instrument (v.) + -ation
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British Dictionary definitions for instrumentation

instrumentation

/ˌɪnstrəmɛnˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
the instruments specified in a musical score or arrangement
2.
the arrangement of a piece of music for an orchestra; orchestration
3.
the study of the characteristics of musical instruments
4.
the use of instruments or tools
5.
means; agency
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Word Origin and History for instrumentation
n.

"composition and arrangement of music for instruments," 1845, from French instrumentation, from instrument (see instrument + -ation).

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