transposing instrument

noun

Definition of transposing instrument

  1. 1 :  a musical instrument that sounds pitches different from those indicated by the notation

  2. 2 :  an instrument with a shifting keyboard for mechanically causing the music to sound in a different key

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Origin and Etymology of transposing instrument

transposing (present participle of 1transpose) + instrument


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