American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A percussion instrument with a series of metal bars tuned to the chromatic scale and played with two light hammers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument consisting of a series of small bells or metal rods or tubes, mounted in a frame and struck by hammers; sometimes the latter are manipulated from a keyboard. In the form used in military bands, sometimes improperly called a lyre, from the shape of the frame.
- n. In organ-building, a stop consisting of a set of bells, bars, or tubes sounded by hammers.
- n. a musical instrument of the percussion family of instruments; like the xylophone, it has tuned bars arranged like the keys on a piano, and is also smaller in size and higher in pitch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Music) An instrument, originally a series of bells on an iron rod, now a set of flat metal bars, diatonically tuned, giving a bell-like tone when played with a mallet; a carillon.
- n. a percussion instrument consisting of a set of graduated metal bars mounted on a frame and played with small hammers
- from German Glockenspiel (lit., bells-play) (Wiktionary)
- German : Glocken, pl. of Glocke, bell (from Middle High German, from Old High German glocka, of imitative origin ) + Spiel, play; see spiel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The Bruce Springsteen Glockenspiel Addendum takes the few tracks on Born to Run which don’t contain glockenspiel, and adds the missing instrument.”
“The glockenspiel was a bit hit early on because composers always wanted to write for bells, and there was no practical way to do that.”
“The glockenspiel was a big hit early on because composers always wanted to write for bells, and there was no practical way to do that.”
“Indeed this and the glockenspiel are a superb tool that helps distinguish them and create their quite unique sound and style.”
“The glockenspiel is a percussion instrument consisting of tuned steel bars that are hit with a hammer.”
“But through the wide streets and through the narrow ones, under the archways into the market gardens, across the bridge and into the square where the "glockenspiel" played its old tinkling tune, everywhere the Citadel looked down and always The Rat walked on in his dream.”
“* Why does "glockenspiel" mean "bell play", if there aren't any bells on a glockenspiel?”
“The '' 'glockenspiel' '' is a percussion instrument consisting of tuned steel bars that are hit with a hammer.”
“SpongeBob stares and stares from the window of his pineapple-shaped house, making a tiny glockenspiel noise every time he blinks.”
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