brass instrument


Definition of brass instrument

: any of a group of wind instruments (such as a French horn, trombone, trumpet, or tuba) that is usually characterized by a long cylindrical or conical metal tube commonly curved two or more times and ending in a flared bell, that produces tones by the vibrations of the player's lips against a usually cup-shaped mouthpiece, and that usually has valves or a slide by which the player may produce all the tones within the instrument's range

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Recent Examples on the Web Nicknamed the Mitchel Telescope after the Observatory’s founder, this 16-foot-long, mahogany and brass instrument is a true work of art and science. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 9 Oct. 2021 According to the National Park Service, a young Armstrong worked for the family who owned the shop and loaned the future jazz legend money to buy his first cornet -- a brass instrument that resembles a small trumpet. Deena Zaru, ABC News, 15 Sep. 2021 Armstrong purchased his first cornet (a brass instrument shorter and wider than a trumpet) with money loaned from the Karnofskys. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2021 Masks are mandatory for all except when eating, drinking, or playing a wind or brass instrument., 8 Apr. 2021 More often than not, those first few years of the series presented the kind of music built on guitar, piano, violin, brass instrument or some combination. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2021 And yet Timmy Trumpet has made a (literal) name for himself with productions that marry big room productions with the brass instrument. Katie Bain, Billboard, 3 Dec. 2020 Because the virus is sent into the air by talking, coughing, and singing—any forcible exhalation of air through the pharynx—playing a woodwind or brass instrument would logically pose a risk. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2020 Orchestras of the time were not a static phenomenon, but an evolving one, making use of the latest evolving technology as regards the woodwind and brass instruments, rather as Beethoven’s symphonies evolved. John Eliot Gardiner, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2020

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Brass instrument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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