[ ther-uh-min ]
/ ˈθɛr ə mɪn /
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
1925–30; named after Leo Theremin (born 1896), Russian inventor
OTHER WORDS FROM thereminther·e·min·ist, noun
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Those of us who were going off shift found him toying with the theremin in the mess compartment.The Stoker and the Stars|Algirdas Jonas Budrys (AKA John A. Sentry)
British Dictionary definitions for theremin
/ (ˈθɛrəmɪn) /
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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