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

  • n. Movement of the tongue in order to articulate notes on a brass or wind instrument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of tongue.
  • n. A technique used with wind instruments to enunciate different notes using the tongue on the reed or mouthpiece.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. Modification of tone for a rapid staccato effect by the performer's tongue, in playing a wind instrument, as a flute. In single tonguing only one kind of stroke is used, the tongue articulating a rapid “t;” in double tonguing, two strokes, as for “t” and “k,” are alternated; in triple tonguing, “t, k, t,” etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or state of projecting like or as a tongue.
  • n. In horticulture, a process intended to promote the rooting of layers. See the quotation.
  • n. In playing on musical wind-instruments, the act, process, or result of modifying or interrupting the tone by means of a stroke of the tongue, so as to produce a marcato or staccato effect.


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