Hypertext Webster Gateway: "instrumentality"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Instrumentality \In`stru*men*tal"i*ty\, n.; pl.
The quality or condition of being instrumental; that which is
instrumental; anything used as a means; medium; agency.

The instrumentality of faith in justification. --Bp.

The discovery of gunpowder developed the science of
attack and defense in a new instrumentality. --J. H.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a subsidiary organ of government created for a special
purpose; "are the judicial instrumentalities of local
governments adequate?"; "he studied the French
instrumentalities for law enforcement"
2: the quality of being instrumental for some purpose
3: an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in
accomplishing some end [syn: {instrumentation}]

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