vi·​bra·​phone | \ ˈvī-brə-ˌfōn How to pronounce vibraphone (audio) \

Definition of vibraphone

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

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Other Words from vibraphone

vibraphonist \ ˈvī-​brə-​ˌfō-​nist How to pronounce vibraphone (audio) \ noun

Examples of vibraphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the pit, where an improvising jazz ensemble of nine players, including trumpet, saxophones and vibraphone, is embedded into the orchestra, a complex, polyrhythmic pulse drives the evening. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 23 May 2022 Piano strings are manipulated with fishing line for a metallic whine; bowing a vibraphone while a tubular bell is gently struck ends up sounding like how a shiver feels. New York Times, 14 June 2022 Ches Smith often moves gracefully from trap set to vibraphone within a performance. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, 17 May 2022 On it, Stepney layers his own performances on piano and vibraphone over an early drum machine, for a bare-bones insight into his talents. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2022 Ishibashi is credited with piano, electronics, flute, synth, melodian and vibraphone, Marty Holoubek played bass, while O’Rourke handled guitar and pedal steel duties. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 The music was forceful, but balances between percussion and the instrumental ensemble on the other side of the stage were not ideal, with the vibraphone and drum parts frequently overpowering the other instruments. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2021 McDonald co-wrote everything as well as playing Mellotron and other keyboard parts, along with vibraphone. Gary Graff, Billboard, 11 Feb. 2022 Four artists on vibraphone and marimba near the conductor and two pianos tapped out mesmerizing patterns, falling in and out synch with wave-like orchestral surges. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 6 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vibraphone

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vibraphone

Latin vibrare + International Scientific Vocabulary -phone

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“Vibraphone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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