Definition of instruction in English:

instruction

Line breaks: in|struc¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈstrʌkʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

  • 1 (often instructions) A direction or order: he issued instructions to the sheriff he was acting on my instructions
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    • Jones had given explicit instructions to his charges to behave earlier this week.
    • Whether such an instruction qualifies the order to the bank or is directed to the payee is a question of fact.
    • Finally the agent gives the woman the same instructions, ordering her to kill her husband.
    Synonyms
    order, command, directive, direction, decree, edict, injunction, mandate, dictate, commandment, diktat, demand, bidding, requirement, stipulation, charge, ruling, mandate, pronouncement; summons, writ, subpoena, warrant
    informal say-so
    literary behest
    rare rescript
  • 1.1 (instructions) Law Directions to a solicitor or counsel, or to a jury.
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    • She does not say what particular instructions the solicitors received.
    • Equally, that is the proper time for his solicitors to receive such instructions.
    • I read that in the papers somewhere that the trial judge actually gave some instructions to the jury about the role of the foreman.
  • 1.2 Computing A code in a program which defines and carries out an operation.
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    • Clock speed will show the number of instructions that a computer can execute in a second.
    • Virtual memory uses an MMU to convert the virtual addresses that are used by program instructions to physical locations.
    • Properly crafted computer instructions appended to the text will then be executed by the machine, giving hackers a way in.

Derivatives

instructional

adjective
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  • The case studies showed that a variety of formal and informal activities crowd out instructional time.
  • Call now, to get your informational packet and free instructional videotape!
  • Some of them have already made recommendations on new pedagogy and instructional strategies.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin instructio(n-), from the verb instruere (see instruct).

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