instruction
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɪnˈstɹʌkʃən/
Noun

instruction

  1. (uncountable) The act of instructing, teaching, or furnishing with information or knowledge.
    Students receive instruction in the arts and sciences.
    Instruction will be provided on how to handle difficult customers.
  2. (countable) An instance of the information or knowledge so furnished.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene ii]:
      If my instructions may be your guide.
  3. (countable) An order or command.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
  4. (computing) A single operation of a processor defined by an instruction set architecture.
  5. A set of directions provided by a manufacturer for the users of a product or service.
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