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Meaning of TROMBONE

Pronunciation:  trâm'bown

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a brass instrument consisting of a long tube whose length can be varied by a U-shaped slide

TROMBONE is a 8 letter word that starts with T.


 See Also: brass, sackbut



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Trom"bone\, n. [It., aug. of tromba a trumpet: cf. F.
trombone. See {Trump} a trumpet.]
1. (Mus.) A powerful brass instrument of the trumpet kind,
   thought by some to be the ancient sackbut, consisting of a
   tube in three parts, bent twice upon itself and ending in
   a bell. The middle part, bent double, slips into the outer
   parts, as in a telescope, so that by change of the
   vibrating length any tone within the compass of the
   instrument (which may be bass or tenor or alto or even, in
   rare instances, soprano) is commanded. It is the only
   member of the family of wind instruments whose scale, both
   diatonic and chromatic, is complete without the aid of
   keys or pistons, and which can slide from note to note as
   smoothly as the human voice or a violin. Softly blown, it
   has a rich and mellow sound, which becomes harsh and
   blatant when the tones are forced; used with discretion,
   its effect is often solemn and majestic.

2. (Zo["o]l.) The common European bittern.