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

  • noun 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.
  • noun The section of a band or orchestra composed of woodwind instruments.
  • noun Woodwind instruments or their players considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music 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.
  • adjective Related to a woodwind instrument.

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

  • noun any wind instrument other than the brass instruments

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