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
trombonistplay \-ˈbō-nist, -ˌbō-\ noun
Recent Examples of trombone from the Web
The velvety instrumentation of No. 2, which leaves out violins, trumpets, trombones and percussion, is as notable as the composer’s elegant themes.
The all-star trio known as BassDrumBone (Mark Helias, bass; Gerry Hemingway, drums; Ray Anderson, trombone), plays Seattle’s Royal Room Monday, June 19, a night that also brings saxophone elder Pharaoh Sanders to Jazz Alley.
Saxophone and trombone players plus a group of men dressed in all black with berets also appear.
Samantha Irby thinks her life would be the kind of sitcom that's more situation than comedy, where the sad trombone plays while the credits roll.
This history of the rusty trombone in pop culture is a controversial one.
So Burbage, who plays the trombone and guitar, began putting together the site.
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Origin and Etymology of trombone
Italian, augmentative of tromba trumpet, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German trumba, trumpa trumpet
First Known Use: circa 1724
TROMBONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of trombone for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of trombone for Students
: 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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