- a musical wind instrument consisting of a cylindrical metal tube expanding into a bell and bent twice in a U shape, usually equipped with a slide (slide trombone).
Origin of trombone
Examples from the Web for trombone
There was never any one criterion for how every trombone or tenor saxophone or singer should sound.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
Instead of spoofing it, Farmer Derek plays it on trombone in an open field.
While his trombone skills are decent, he certainly draws a crowd—or rather, a herd.
All you had to do was board with your submachine gun in a trombone case, as Martin McNally did at St. Louis airport in 1972.When Hijackers Ruled the American Skies
June 20, 2013
The trombone blatted and the orchestra roared with laughter.Melomaniacs
His voice was as thrilling as a trombone, and his words did not matter.In a Little Town
In summer, when they were in bloom, he used to sit there with his friend that played the trombone.My Antonia
And then, gee, a blast of the trombone and she would show them what a star was, a real one!The Bill-Toppers
He came from the fatherland; and his great specialty was to play on the trombone.Parks for the People
- a brass instrument, a low-pitched counterpart of the trumpet, consisting of a tube the effective length of which is varied by means of a U-shaped slide. The usual forms of this instrument are the tenor trombone (range: about two and a half octaves upwards from E) and the bass trombone (pitched a fourth lower)
- a person who plays this instrument in an orchestra
Word Origin and History for trombone
brass wind instrument, 1724, from Italian trombone, augmentative form of tromba "trumpet," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German trumba "trumpet;" see trumpet).