a woodwind instrument having a slender conical, tubular body and a double-reed mouthpiece.
(in an organ) a reed stop with a sound like that of an oboe.
(a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter O.)
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a navigation system utilizing two radar ground stations that measure the distance to an aircraft and then radio the information to the aircraft.
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How to use oboe in a sentence
For Kirke it was being paid to pretend to play the oboe that heightened her affair with classical music.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music | Kevin Fallon | December 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Boring math geniuses, oboe-playing poets, and rich kids from New York need not apply.
Rich kids from New York, boring Asian math geniuses, and oboe-playing poets need not apply.
A musical prodigy, seven years old, who will order the fifth oboe out of the Albert Hall as soon as look at him.
It is the timid oboe that sounds the A for the orchestra to tune by.How to Listen to Music, 7th ed. | Henry Edward Krehbiel
The young man in the red velvet cap plays on the violoncello; the other on the oboe, of which only the reed is visible.
He also had lessons in the vestry room of the Octagon Chapel; and he acquired some skill upon the flute and oboe from Mr. Fish.A Comprehensive History of Norwich | A. D. Bayne
An oboe of ivory, carved by Anciuti in Milan, beginning of the eighteenth century.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2) | Carl Engel
British Dictionary definitions for oboe
a woodwind instrument of the family that includes the bassoon and cor anglais, consisting of a conical tube fitted with a mouthpiece having a double reed. It has a penetrating nasal tone. Range: about two octaves plus a sixth upwards from B flat below middle C
a person who plays this instrument in an orchestra: second oboe
- Archaic form: hautboy
- oboist, noun
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Cultural definitions for oboe
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