wood·​wind | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwind How to pronounce woodwind (audio) \

Definition of woodwind

1 : any of a group of wind instruments (such as a clarinet, flute, oboe, or saxophone) that are characterized by a cylindrical or conical tube of wood or metal usually ending in a slightly flared bell, that produce tones by the vibration of one or two reeds in the mouthpiece or by the passing of air over a mouth hole, and that usually have finger holes or keys by which the player may produce all the tones within an instrument's range
2 woodwinds plural : the woodwind section of a band or orchestra

Examples of woodwind in a Sentence

He plays all the woodwind instruments very well.
Recent Examples on the Web Baum and drummer Ryan Mach coproduced the sessions and co-wrote a lot of the music, as did bassist Adam Hurlburt and horn/woodwind players Nelson Devereaux and Jake Baldwin. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "The new Har Mar Superstar: sober, engaged and employed by the Postal Service," 4 Mar. 2021 This month, the spotlight is on the music of brass and woodwind instruments. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 26 Mar. 2021 On Wednesday, the Cleveland Orchestra announced that starting next month, woodwind players will be part of the mix on the group’s online streaming app, featured alongside their string colleagues. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra adds woodwinds to “In Focus” mix for April and May," 3 Mar. 2021 And, if lightness is desired, a buoyantly playful woodwind quartet by Jean Francaix should satisfy. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Streamed concerts by Minnesota Orchestra and SPCO offer both intimacy and brilliance," 18 Jan. 2021 Four pairs of rooms have been outfitted with screens, cameras, speakers, and other audio equipment, allowing a vocalist or woodwind player to perform in real time with another artist next door. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland-area’s top college-level music schools reboot for fall semester with coronavirus measures," 2 Aug. 2020 University of Findlay: Students at the University of Findlay recently performed in a fall woodwind and percussion recital. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Local residents earn collegiate honors," 25 Dec. 2020 For the Vietnamese character Tiên Luu (Y. Lan), Blanchard wrote a mournful melody for duduk, an Armenian double reed woodwind, performed by Pedro Eustache. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, "A tough year — and tough film themes — bring beauty by way of the music," 25 Jan. 2021 The music will be provided by various ensembles full of Minnesota Orchestra musicians: a woodwind quintet, brass quintet and a string ensemble with flutes and harp. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Orchestra aims to reflect Minnesota's diversity in its virtual 'Midwinter Gathering'," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of woodwind

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Woodwind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodwind. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of woodwind

: any one of the group of musical instruments that includes flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, and saxophones
: the section of a band or orchestra that plays woodwind instruments


wood·​wind | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwind How to pronounce woodwind (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodwind

: one of the group of wind instruments consisting of the flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and sometimes saxophones

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