Definition of woodwind
1 : any of a group of wind instruments (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.
First Known Use of woodwind
WOODWIND Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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