transposing instrument


Definition of transposing instrument

1 : a musical instrument that sounds pitches different from those indicated by the notation
2 : an instrument with a shifting keyboard for mechanically causing the music to sound in a different key

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History and Etymology for transposing instrument

transposing (present participle of transpose entry 1) + instrument

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“Transposing instrument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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