theremin

[ ther-uh-min ]
/ ˈθɛr ə mɪn /

noun

a musical instrument with electronic tone generation, the pitch and tone volume being controlled by the distance between the player's hands and two metal rods serving as antennas.

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Origin of theremin

First recorded in 1925–30; named after Leo Theremin (1896–1993), Russian inventor

OTHER WORDS FROM theremin

ther·e·min·ist, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for theremin

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British Dictionary definitions for theremin

theremin
/ (ˈθɛrəmɪn) /

noun

an electronic musical instrument, played by moving the hands through electromagnetic fields created by two metal rods

Word Origin for theremin

C20: named after Leon Theremin (1896-1993), Russian scientist who invented it
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