Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An electronic instrument played by moving the hands near its two antennas, often used for high tremolo effects.

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  • noun An electronic musical instrument that generates sound of varying pitch and volume depending on the proximity of the musician’s hands to two antennae mounted on the instrument.

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  • noun an electronic musical instrument; melodies can be played by moving the right hand between two rods that serve as antennas to control pitch; the left hand controls phrasing

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Leo Theremin, (1896–1993), Russian engineer and inventor.]

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From its inventor Léon Theremin. Theremin is a French surname (compare Russian Термен (Termen)).

Examples

  • The theremin is also probably the only musical instrument designed by a man who also designed bugging equipment for the Soviet security system.

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  • A theremin is a musical instrument ... a sort of electrical coil which gives off a humming sound.

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  • A theremin is a musical instrument ... a sort of electrical coil which gives off a humming sound.

    Whistling towards the graveyard

  • I said I was embarrassed not to know; someone had assured me that a theremin was a kind of "Eastern" religion, and the "cracking into a thousand pieces" was the consequence of being peered at by a waiflike holy man enveloped in a white shroud.

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  • I said I was embarrassed not to know; someone had assured me that a theremin was a kind of "Eastern" religion, and the "cracking into a thousand pieces" was the consequence of being peered at by a waiflike holy man enveloped in a white shroud.

    Whistling towards the graveyard

  • The theremin is a very difficult instrument to master.

    Theremin Auction

  • Accordingly a theremin is a direct lesson in the interconnection of you, the environment, and others in a way that I do not see as straightforwardly obvious for other instruments.

    [theremin] we are all connected

  • In 1919, he invented an electronic device known as the theremin, which was a unique musical instrument that could be played without physical contact.

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  • In 1919, he invented an electronic device known as the theremin, which was a unique musical instrument that could be played without physical contact.

    The Free Information Society

  • The dynamic range of the theremin, which is controlled by the left hand volume loop, is full and rich.

    NewMusicBox

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  • A one-of-a-kind musical instrument: here's a demonstration.

    July 29, 2007