A boy receives instruction from his teacher.
An example of instruction is someone giving another person detailed directions to the library.
- the act of instructing; education
- knowledge, information, etc. given or taught
- any teaching, lesson, rule, or precept
- a command or order
- any of the sequence of steps to be followed, as in doing, using, or operating something: usually used in pl.
- a sequence of bits specifying an operation to be performed by a computer
Origin of instructionMiddle English instruccioun from Old French instruccion from Classical Latin instructio
- The act, practice, or profession of instructing: math instruction.
- a. Imparted knowledge: We sought further instruction in a more advanced class.b. An imparted or acquired item of knowledge: The judge gave the jury an instruction in how the law defines an accomplice.
- a. often instructions An authoritative direction to be obeyed; an order: had instructions to be home by midnight.b. instructions Detailed directions about how to do something: read the instructions for assembly.
- Computers A sequence of bits that tells a central processing unit to perform a particular operation and can contain data to be used in the operation.
(countable and uncountable, plural instructions)
- (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.
- (countable) An instance of the information or knowledge so furnished.
- (countable) An order or command.
- (computing) A single operation of a processor defined by an instruction set architecture.
Middle English instruccioun, from Old French instruccion, from Latin instructio