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woodwind

[woo d-wind] /ˈwʊdˌwɪnd/
noun
1.
a musical wind instrument of the group comprising the flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, and occasionally, the saxophones.
2.
woodwinds, the section of an orchestra or band comprising the woodwind instruments.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or composed of woodwinds.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; wood1 + wind3
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Examples from the web for woodwind
  • It maintains the golden glow of its famous string sound and its tradition of impeccable woodwind playing.
  • Discover the unique sound of timbres made by the instruments of a woodwind quintet, applied to animal-themed tunes.
  • Instruments such as clarinets or oboes, in which the pipes are made from wood, are woodwind instruments.
British Dictionary definitions for woodwind

woodwind

/ˈwʊdˌwɪnd/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or denoting a type of wind instrument, excluding the brass instruments, formerly made of wood but now often made of metal, such as the flute or clarinet
noun
2.
(functioning as pl) woodwind instruments collectively
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Word Origin and History for woodwind
n.

1876, from wood (n.) + wind (n.).

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