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 Ukraine’s traditional woodwind instrument resembling a recorder – and starts playing. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2022 Participants should bring their brass, percussion or woodwind instrument. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 25 May 2022 The band seeks musicians on woodwind, brass and other instruments, with a good attitude, sense of humor, and desire to play together in a creative way. Hartford Courant, 14 July 2022 The opening musical sunrise features dizzying woodwind runs, forest rustlings, and a long, achingly beautiful melody in the strings. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 May 2022 Beginning in November 2017, Kenny spent two years aboard cruise ships performing all over the world as a show band woodwind musician. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 June 2022 And there are montages, accompanied by a woodwind score (from Cho Young-wuk) lush with romance and intrigue, that deliver a delirium of imagery that would be the centerpiece climax of any other film, but here is simply a debonair aside. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 23 May 2022 The trio also recruited longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich for the LP, which benefits from smart string and brass and woodwind arrangements. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2022 His compositions tended to be deeply ritualistic, as blocks of material were etched and etched again in sounds dominated by woodwind, brass and percussion. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of woodwind

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of woodwind was in 1876

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“Woodwind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodwind. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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