instrumental instrumental  /ˌɪn strə ˈmɛn təl/


  1. (adj) relating to or designed for or performed on musical instruments
  2. (adj) serving or acting as a means or aid


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  1. There's instrumental virtuosity and a songwriting range that spans regions and decades.
  2. That was instrumental in bringing the Soviet Union to the conference table for multilateral disarmament talks.
  3. Meeker was also instrumental in Broadcast.



    A family connection was instrumental in helping Fairfield High School volleyball standout Raina Troyer when it came time to make her decision on where she was going to continue playing the sport at the collegiate level.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Goshen News

  2. Hospital helps orchestrate school shooting drill

    Thibodaux Regional Medical Center was instrumental in orchestrating a mock school shooting that served as a training drill for agencies across Lafourche Parish, the hospital’s spokeswoman said.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Houma Courier

  3. Telephone data instrumental to prevent attacks: FBI director

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The data in a massive U.S. government database of daily telephone records has been instrumental in identifying people who sought to harm Americans, FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Thursday. Speaking to members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Mueller defended the recently revealed surveillance program as collecting "no content whatsoever ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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  1. "Everybody has been instrumental in everything that I've been able to do," Tatupu said. "The D-line has been enabling me to get sacks, DBs staying on their guys so we can get back there and get sacks, or getting interceptions."
    on Jan 9, 2008 By: Lofa Tatupu Source: USA Today

  2. "What we do know is the Qods force is instrumental in providing these deadly IEDs to networks inside of Iraq," Bush said today at the White House. "What we don't know is whether or not the head leaders of Iran ordered the Qods force to do...
    on Feb 14, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Bloomberg

  3. "The NASCAR community is saddened by the passing of Raymond Parks," NASCAR Chairman Brian France said in a statement. "Raymond was instrumental in the creation of NASCAR as a participant in the historic meeting at the Streamline Hotel in...
    on Jun 20, 2010 By: Brian France Source: (blog)

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