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

  • n. A wind instrument in which sound is produced by the vibration of reeds in the mouthpiece, as a bassoon, clarinet, oboe, or saxophone, or by the passing of air across the mouthpiece, as a flute.
  • n. The section of a band or orchestra composed of woodwind instruments.
  • n. Woodwind instruments or their players considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any (mostly wooden) musical instrument which produce sound by the player blowing into them, through a reed, or across an opening. Woodwind instruments include the recorder, flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe, cor anglais and bassoon.
  • adj. Related to a woodwind instrument.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any wind instrument other than the brass instruments


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  • A wind instrument classified as a woodwind because it is played with a reed, although it is usually made of metal.


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  • They range from the chamber music of the Clarinets, a woodwind trio with Mr. Noriega and Anthony Burr, to the instrumental rock of My Ears Are Bent, an ensemble project led by keyboardist Ted Reichman that features guitarist Mary Halvorson.

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  • "The really cool thing about percussion is it kind of encompasses everything that's not a string or woodwind or brass instrument," says Kotche.

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  • When we heard the playback, I had the idea to add a woodwind part based on Bill's solo line.

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  • Its songs are mournfully orchestral, shivering with woodwind and romantic but unstable strings.

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  • The work itself is effectively a dialogue between piano and orchestra rather than a contest, permitting Abbado to show off the poise and grace of the woodwind – there were some wonderfully honed solos here – and the suavity of the strings.

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  • The woodwind section ballooned, adding the piccolo, English horn, bass clarinet and the contra bassoon, and the brass picked up as many as eight horns, five trumpets, four trombones and a tuba, to say nothing of the growth of the percussion section and the inclusion of an organ.

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  • The airport has a unisex hair salon, a health station, a pet relief area and an art program with permanent and changing artwork and occasional performances by woodwind and string quartets from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

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  • If tonight's performance is bewildering, the surging music really impresses, particularly when guitars, strings, woodwind and brass reach full pelt as on "Aheym", tonight's penultimate track.

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