- a musical wind instrument of the group comprising the flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, and occasionally, the saxophones.
- woodwinds, the section of an orchestra or band comprising the woodwind instruments.
- of, relating to, or composed of woodwinds.
Origin of woodwind
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Examples from the Web for woodwind
The opening chord of the eleventh is sounded by six horns, and the chords of the ninth, which follow, are given to the woodwind.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
The strings prepare for the sonorous entrance of woodwind and horns.
Later comes a redoubled speed of the march in the woodwind, above a slower in low strings.
At the height of the storm the woodwind gain control with measured rhythm of choral melody.
Now various strains sound together,—the main funeral melody in the woodwind.
- of, relating to, or denoting a type of wind instrument, excluding the brass instruments, formerly made of wood but now often made of metal, such as the flute or clarinet
- (functioning as plural) woodwind instruments collectively
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Word Origin and History for woodwind
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