from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A musical instrument, such as a clarinet, trumpet, or harmonica, in which sound is produced by the movement of an enclosed column of air, especially the breath, and excluding keyboard instruments such as the organ or accordion. Woodwind and brass instruments are both types of wind instruments.
- n. Informal A woodwind instrument, as opposed to a brass instrument.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a musical instrument that produces sound when air flows through it; reed instruments and brass instruments.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an instrument of music sounded by means of wind, especially by means of the breath, as a flute, a clarinet, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument the sound of which is produced by a stream of compressed air, usually by the breath.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
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The sackbut was a wind instrument [see  Music]; the sambuca was a triangular instrument, with strings, and played with the hand.