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wind instrument

  1. a musical instrument sounded by the breath or other air current, as the trumpet, trombone, clarinet, or flute.
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Origin of wind instrument

First recorded in 1575–85
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Examples from the Web for wind instrument

Historical Examples

  • In playing a wind-instrument, the eyebrows are a great help.

    Life's Minor Collisions

    Frances Warner

  • Hunger hath made him a wind-instrument; his want is vocal, and not he.

  • The wind-instrument was once more heard, and the curtain slowly fell to its strains.

  • During the night my slumber was at intervals distracted by the far-off wails of a wind-instrument in travail.

    Ladies and Gentlemen 

    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb

  • Were it possible for this invention to come into ordinary use, the violin would have to be classed as a wind-instrument!

    The Violin

    George Dubourg

British Dictionary definitions for wind instrument

wind instrument

  1. any musical instrument sounded by the breath, such as the woodwinds and brass instruments of an orchestra
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