woodwind


wood·wind

noun \ˈwd-ˌwind\

: any one of the group of musical instruments that includes flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, and saxophones

woodwinds : the section of a band or orchestra that plays woodwind instruments

Full Definition of WOODWIND

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

Examples of WOODWIND

  1. He plays all the woodwind instruments very well.

First Known Use of WOODWIND

1876

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