- a musical instrument sounded by the breath or other air current, as the trumpet, trombone, clarinet, or flute.
Origin of wind instrument
First recorded in 1575–85
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Examples from the Web for wind instrument
In playing a wind-instrument, the eyebrows are a great help.Life's Minor Collisions
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.The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas
James Fenimore Cooper
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
- any musical instrument sounded by the breath, such as the woodwinds and brass instruments of an orchestra
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