[ duhb-uh l-tuhng ]
/ ˈdʌb əlˌtʌŋ /

verb (used without object), dou·ble-tongued, dou·ble-tongu·ing. Music.

to interrupt the wind flow by moving the tongue as if pronouncing t and k alternately, especially in playing rapid passages or staccato notes on a brass instrument.


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Example sentences from the Web for double-tongue

  • A double-tongue miter is made by cutting on the adjoining edges tongues which engage in each other.

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British Dictionary definitions for double-tongue


verb -tongues, -tonguing or -tongued

music to play (fast staccato passages) on a wind instrument by rapid obstruction and uncovering of the air passage through the lips with the tongueCompare single-tongue, triple-tongue

Derived forms of double-tongue

double tonguing, noun
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