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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a manual usually accompanying a technical device and
           explaining how to install or operate it [syn: instruction
           manual, instructions, book of instructions, operating

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  56 Moby Thesaurus words for "instructions":
     ALGOL, COBOL, FORTRAN, alphabetic data, alphanumeric code,
     angular data, assembler, binary digit, binary scale, binary system,
     bit, briefing, bug, byte, command pulses, commands, compiler,
     computer code, computer language, computer program,
     control signals, controlled quantity, correcting signals, data,
     directions, error, error signals, feedback pulses,
     feedback signals, film data, final instructions,
     hexadecimal system, information, input data, input quantity,
     machine language, message, multiple messages, noise, numeric data,
     octal system, orders, oscillograph data, output data,
     output quantity, play, polar data, punch-card data, random data,
     rectangular data, reference quantity, ruly English, signals,
     single messages, unorganized data, visible-speech data

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INSTRUCTIONS, com. law, Contracts. Orders given by a principal to his agent 
  in relation to the business of his agency. 
       2. The agent is bound to obey the instructions he has received and when 
  he neglects so to do, he is responsible for the consequences, unless he is 
  justified by matter of necessity. 4 Binn. R. 361; 1 Liverm. Agency, 368. 
       3. Instructions differ materially from authority, as regards third 
  persons. When a written authority is known to exist, or, by the nature of 
  the transaction, it is presupposed, it is the duty of persons dealing with 
  an agent to ascertain the nature and extent of his authority; but they are 
  not required to make inquiry of the agent as to any private instructions 
  from his principal, for the obvious reason that they may be presumed to be 
  secret and of a confidential nature, and therefore not to be communicated to 
  third persons. 5 Bing. R. 442. 
       4. Instructions are given as applicable to the usual course of things, 
  and are subject to two qualifications which are naturally, and perhaps 
  necessarily implied in every mercantile agency. 1. As instructions are 
  applicable only to the ordinary course of affairs, the agent will be 
  justified, in cases of extreme necessity and unforeseen emergency, in 
  deviating from them; as, for example, when goods on hand are perishable and 
  perishing, or when they are accidentally injured and must be sold to prevent 
  further loss; or if they are in imminent danger of being lost by the capture 
  of the port where they are, they may be transferred to another port. Story 
  on Ag. Sec. 85, 118, 193; 3 Chit. Com. Law, 218; 4 Binn. 361; 1 Liverm. on 
  Ag. 368. 2. Instructions must be lawful; if they are given to perform an 
  unlawful act, the agent is not bound by them. 4 Campb. 183; Story on Ag. 
  Sec. 195. But the lawfulness of such instruction does not relate to the laws 
  of foreign countries. Story, Confl. of Laws, Sec. 245; 1 Liverm. on Ag. 15-
  19. As to the construction of letters of instruction, see 3 Wash. C. C. R. 
  151; 4 Wash. C. C. R. 551; 1 Liv. on Ag. 403; Story on Ag. Sec. 74; 2 Wash. 
  C. C. R. 132; 2 Crompt. & J. 244; 1 Knapp,, R. 381. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INSTRUCTIONS, practice. The statements of a cause of action, given by a 
  client to his attorney, and which, where such is the practice, are sent to 
  his pleader to put into legal form of a declaration. Warr. Stud. 284. 
       2. Instructions to counsel are their indemnity for any aspersions they 
  may make on the opposite party; but attorneys who have a just regard to 
  their own reputation will be cautious, even under instructions, not to make 
  any unnecessary attack upon a party or witness. For such unjustifiable 
  conduct the counsel will be held responsible. Eunom. Dial. 2, Sec. 43, p. 
  132. For a form of instructions, see 3 Chit. Pr. 117, and 120 n. 

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