vibraphone

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noun vi·bra·phone \ˈvī-brə-ˌfōn\

Definition of vibraphone

  1. :  a percussion instrument resembling the xylophone but having metal bars and motor-driven resonators for sustaining the tone and producing a vibrato

vibraphonist

play \-ˌfō-nist\ noun

Illustration of vibraphone

Origin and Etymology of vibraphone

Latin vibrare + International Scientific Vocabulary -phone


First Known Use: 1926


VIBRAPHONE Defined for English Language Learners

vibraphone

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noun vi·bra·phone \ˈvī-brə-ˌfōn\

Definition of vibraphone for English Language Learners

  • : an electronic musical instrument which has metal bars that you hit with small wooden hammers to play notes and which has a motor that makes the notes vibrate


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