woodwind

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noun wood·wind \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwind \

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

  1. He plays all the woodwind instruments very well.

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First Known Use of woodwind

1876



WOODWIND Defined for English Language Learners

woodwind

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Definition of woodwind for English Language Learners

  • : any one of the group of musical instruments that includes flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, and saxophones

  • woodwinds : the section of a band or orchestra that plays woodwind instruments


WOODWIND Defined for Kids

woodwind

play
noun wood·wind \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwind \

Definition of woodwind for Students

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


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