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wind instrument

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noun
  1. a musical instrument sounded by the breath or other air current, as the trumpet, trombone, clarinet, or flute.
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Origin of wind instrument

First recorded in 1575–85
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Examples from the Web for wind instrument

Historical Examples

  • In playing a wind-instrument, the eyebrows are a great help.

    Life's Minor Collisions

    Frances Warner

  • Hunger hath made him a wind-instrument; his want is vocal, and not he.

  • The wind-instrument was once more heard, and the curtain slowly fell to its strains.

  • During the night my slumber was at intervals distracted by the far-off wails of a wind-instrument in travail.

    Ladies and Gentlemen 

    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb

  • Were it possible for this invention to come into ordinary use, the violin would have to be classed as a wind-instrument!

    The Violin

    George Dubourg


British Dictionary definitions for wind instrument

wind instrument

noun
  1. any musical instrument sounded by the breath, such as the woodwinds and brass instruments of an orchestra
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