instruction instruction  /ɪn ˈstrək ʃən/


  1. (n) a message describing how something is to be done
  2. (n) the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill
  3. (n) the profession of a teacher
  4. (n) (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program


  1. Since the instructions on the tape governed the behavior of the machine, by changing those instructions, one could induce the machine to perform the functions of all such machines.
  2. Deliberate-ignorance jury instructions have held a person criminally liable when their denial of knowledge doesn't make sense.
  3. The Enron executives now face the prospect of decades in prison, but the judge's broad jury instructions give them a chance of reversing their convictions.


  1. Manatee learning disabled program called 'broken'

    Deputy superintendent of instruction Diana Greene talks to principals and assistant principals about restructuring the Exceptional Student Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages departments.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Bradenton Herald

  2. Hillsborough school board appoints new principals

    Sheri Norkas, currently assistant principal for elementary instruction at Hammond Elementary School, to principal of that school. Allison Norgard, currently assistant principal for elementary instruction at Ippolito Elementary School, to principal of Sessums Elementary School.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Tampa Tribune

  3. College funding going to areas other than instruction in Virginia

    The cost for college continues to rise, but News 5 learned the extra spending is not on instruction in the Commonwealth.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: WCYB 5 Tri-Cities


  1. "You should rest assured, if anyone in New York was being threatened, my instruction to the NYPD (New York police) would be to use all the resources at their disposal to protect civilians," Bloomberg said.
    on Jan 4, 2009 By: Michael Bloomberg Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Bush, who met with Petraeus today, told reporters "My instruction to him was: 'Get over to the zone as quickly as possible, and implement a plan that will achieve our goals.'"
    on Jan 26, 2007 By: President Bush Source: USA Today

  3. "These guys are about a half-step behind life's parade," Poston commented in a 1983 interview. "The ink on their instruction sheets is beginning to fade. But they can function and cope and don't realize they are driving people up the...
    on May 1, 2007 By: Tom Poston Source: USA Today

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