wind instrument

noun

: a musical instrument (such as a trumpet, clarinet, or organ) sounded by wind
especially : one sounded by the player's breath

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Rather, different groups within this broad cultural sphere depicted their own versions of the character: One who roves village-to-village, conjuring harvests and seducing women with a magical wind instrument. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 9 Oct. 2020 Kapadia and his team decided to use a didgeridoo, which is a wind instrument originating in Australia. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 26 Sep. 2022 His theme for Paul — performed on duduk, an ancient wind instrument from Armenia — searches and wanders, never finding resolution. Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 Results from wind instrument-playing experiments are pending further data analysis and peer review. Julia Musto, Fox News, 8 Dec. 2021 However, the issue at hand revolved around exposure and related back to the type of instrument the performer played: a wind instrument. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 15 Nov. 2021 Our voice is the only musical instrument that is both a string and a wind instrument—as the breath causes the vocal cords to vibrate. Guillaume Jacquemont, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2021 Barker, like all Middletown students, has to keep his mask on except during recess and physical education, while eating, or when playing a wind instrument in music class. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Barker, like all Middletown students, has to keep his mask on except during recess and physical education, while eating, or when playing a wind instrument in music class. Hannah Natanson, Kim Mueller, Steven Burkholder, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wind instrument was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Wind instrument.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wind%20instrument. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

wind instrument

noun
: a musical instrument (as a flute or horn) sounded by the vibration of a stream of air and especially by the player's breath

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