wind instrument

Definitions of wind instrument
  1. noun
    a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
    synonyms: wind
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    brass, brass instrument
    a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
    free-reed instrument
    a wind instrument with a free reed
    kazoo
    a toy wind instrument that has a membrane that makes a sound when you hum into the mouthpiece
    ocarina, sweet potato
    egg-shaped terra cotta wind instrument with a mouthpiece and finger holes
    organ, pipe organ
    wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard
    organ pipe, pipe, pipework
    the flues and stops on a pipe organ
    pipe
    a tubular wind instrument
    post horn
    wind instrument used by postilions of the 18th and 19th centuries
    whistle
    a small wind instrument that produces a whistling sound by blowing into it
    wood, woodwind, woodwind instrument
    any wind instrument other than the brass instruments
    accordion, piano accordion, squeeze box
    a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player
    American organ
    a free-reed instrument in which air is drawn in through reeds by suction bellows
    bagpipe
    a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone
    baritone, baritone horn
    the second lowest brass wind instrument
    bass horn, sousaphone, tuba
    the lowest brass wind instrument
    beating-reed instrument, reed, reed instrument
    a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed
    bugle
    a brass instrument without valves; used for military calls and fanfares
    chanter, melody pipe
    reed pipe with finger holes on which the melody is played
    clarion
    a medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill tone
    concertina
    free-reed instrument played like an accordion by pushing its ends together to force air through the reeds
    cornet, horn, trump, trumpet
    a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
    bourdon, drone, drone pipe
    a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone
    fipple flute, fipple pipe, recorder, vertical flute
    a tubular wind instrument with 8 finger holes and a fipple mouthpiece
    flue, flue pipe, labial pipe
    organ pipe whose tone is produced by air passing across the sharp edge of a fissure or lip
    fluegelhorn, flugelhorn
    a brass instrument resembling a cornet but with a wider bore
    flute, transverse flute
    a high-pitched woodwind instrument; a slender tube closed at one end with finger holes on one end and an opening near the closed end across which the breath is blown
    French horn, horn
    a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves
    harmonica, harp, mouth harp, mouth organ
    a small rectangular free-reed instrument having a row of free reeds set back in air holes and played by blowing into the desired hole
    harmonium, organ, reed organ
    a free-reed instrument in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows
    organ stop
    a graduated set of organ pipes of like tone quality
    pandean pipe, panpipe, syrinx
    a primitive wind instrument consisting of several parallel pipes bound together
    pitch pipe
    a small pipe sounding a tone of standard frequency; used to establish the starting pitch for unaccompanied singing
    reed pipe
    organ pipe with a vibrating reed
    saxhorn
    any of a family of brass wind instruments that resemble a bugle with valves
    trombone
    a brass instrument consisting of a long tube whose length can be varied by a U-shaped slide
    type of:
    instrument, musical instrument
    any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
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