woodwind
noun Date: 1876 1. any of a group of wind instruments (as a clarinet, flute, oboe, or saxophone) that are characterized by a cylindrical or conical tube of wood or metal usually ending in a slightly flared bell, that produce tones by the vibration of one or two reeds in the mouthpiece or by the passing of air over a mouth hole, and that usually have finger holes or keys by which the player may produce all the tones within an instrument's range 2. plural the woodwind section of a band or orchestra

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  • woodwind — [wood′wind΄] n. 1. [pl.] the woodwind instruments of an orchestra, or the players of these instruments 2. any of such instruments adj. 1. designating a wind instrument made, esp. originally, of wood, as the flute, clarinet, or oboe 2. composed of …   English World dictionary

  • woodwind — 1876, from WOOD (Cf. wood) (n.) + WIND (Cf. wind) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • woodwind — ► NOUN (treated as sing. or pl. ) ▪ wind instruments other than brass instruments forming a section of an orchestra, including flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons …   English terms dictionary

  • woodwind — Synonyms and related words: English horn, German band, Pandean pipe, Philharmonic, aulos, band, basset horn, basset oboe, bassoon, big band, bombard, brass, brass band, brass choir, brass quintet, brass section, brasses, callithumpian band,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • woodwind — wood|wind [ˈwudˌwınd] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Because originally the instruments were all made of wood] 1.) [U] musical instruments made of wood or metal that you play by blowing and that usually have finger holes or ↑keys →↑brass, percussion …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • woodwind — /wood wind /, n. 1. a musical wind instrument of the group comprising the flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, and occasionally, the saxophones. 2. woodwinds, the section of an orchestra or band comprising the woodwind instruments. adj. 3. of,… …   Universalium

  • woodwind — 1. noun Any (mostly wooden) musical instrument which produce sound by the player blowing into them, through a reed, or across an opening. Woodwind instruments include the recorder, flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe, cor anglais and bassoon …   Wiktionary

  • Woodwind — This unusual surname is of Northern Anglo Saxon 8th century origins and is found recorded in the forms of Woodvine, Woodfine, Woodwin, Woodwind, and the amazing Woodwing (see below). Its origins are residential, a complication being the random… …   Surnames reference

  • woodwind — wood|wind [ wud,wınd ] noun count or uncount musical instruments mainly made of wood that you play by blowing into them. Woodwind instruments include the flute, clarinet, and bassoon. a. only before noun belonging to this type of instrument or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • woodwind — also the woodwind noun (C, U) the group of musical instruments that you play by blowing and pressing keys key 2 (3) woodwind adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • woodwind — UK [ˈwʊdˌwɪnd] / US noun [uncountable] music a) musical instruments mainly made of wood that you play by blowing into them. Woodwind instruments include the flute, clarinet, and bassoon. b) [only before noun] belonging to this type of instrument …   English dictionary

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