trombone

noun
trom·​bone | \träm-ˈbōn, (ˌ)trəm-ˈbōn, ˈträm-ˌbōn\

Definition of trombone 

: a brass instrument consisting of a long cylindrical metal tube with two turns and having a movable slide or valves for varying the tone and a usual range one octave lower than that of the trumpet

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Other Words from trombone

trombonist \träm-​ˈbō-​nist, (ˌ)trəm-​ˈbō-​, ˈträm-​ˌbō-​ \ noun

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The horns – Walt Weiskopf on tenor sax, Roger Rosenberg on baritone, Michael Leonhart on trumpet, and Jim Pugh on trombone – simply killed all night. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Steely Dan play their first Philly-area show without late member Walter Becker at the BB&T Pavilion," 12 July 2018 McGriff kicked off the night of racing at the track by playing the national anthem on his trombone. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Hershel McGriff, 90, becomes oldest-ever NASCAR racer," 7 May 2018 My son is a bright boy who takes painting lessons, plays the trombone, and dreams of being a filmmaker. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Five Early Lessons in Parenting," 5 May 2018 Ranging in age from 14 to 21, the performers make up the horn line (brass instruments such as trumpet, tuba and trombone), percussion (drums, cymbals, keyboards and more) and color guard. Anne Dunlap, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Drum Corps International marches into Orlando," 6 July 2018 Her husband played trombone in the Ryanggang musical performance group, which appeared at regional festivals. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "A North Korean defector paid smugglers to get her family out. China sent them back.," 27 June 2018 Portents of doom thundered from a septet of improvising trombones. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018 Her son Andrew, 11, attends Giles School and plays the trombone. Rachel K. Hindery, chicagotribune.com, "'It's stronger than ever': Norridge celebrates 25th annual Veterans Memorial Program," 4 June 2018 The first half of the concert will feature works for trombone quartet and organ by Giovanni Gabrieli (Sonata for 4 Trombones and Organ), Charles Ives (Processional: Let There Be Light), Matthias Weckmann (Sonata a 4, No. Jen Banowetz, Elgin Courier-News, "Chamber Music on the Fox showcases Bruckner works," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of trombone

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trombone

Italian, augmentative of tromba trumpet, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German trumba, trumpa trumpet

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The first known use of trombone was circa 1724

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trombone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trombone

: a large brass musical instrument that you blow into and that has a tube that you slide in and out to play different notes

trombone

noun
trom·​bone | \träm-ˈbōn \

Kids Definition of trombone

: a brass musical instrument made of a long bent tube that has a wide opening at one end and one section that slides in and out to make different tones

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