chiff

noun \ ˈchif \

Definition of chiff

plural chiffs
: the initial sound made by air leaving the mouth of a wind instrument (such as an organ flue pipe or a flute) at the attack (see 2attack 5) of a note
  • The chiff is a sudden, short-lived burst of upper harmonics that occurs whenever an organ key is depressed and a note is sounded.
  • —Joel Naumann and James D. WagonerAnalog Electronic Music Techniques1985
called also articulation

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Origin and Etymology of chiff

imitative


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