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Sackbut definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SACK'BUT, n. [The last syllable is the L. buxus.]
A wind instrument of music; a kind of trumpet, so contrived that it can be lengthened or shortened according to the tone required.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a medieval musical instrument resembling a trombone

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle French saqueboute hooked lance, sackbut, from saquer to pull + boter to push more at butt Date: 1533 the medieval and Renaissance trombone

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. an early form of trombone. Etymology: F saquebute, earlier saqueboute hook for pulling a man off a horse f. saquer pull, boute (as BUTT(1))

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sackbut Sack"but, n. [F. saquebute, OF. saqueboute a sackbut, earlier, a sort of hook attached to the end of a lance used by foot soldiers to unhorse cavalrymen; prop. meaning, pull and push; fr. saquier, sachier, to pull, draw (perhaps originally, to put into a bag or take out from a bag; see Sack a bag) + bouter to push (see Butt to thrust). The name was given to the musical instrument from its being lengthened and shortened.] (Mus.) A brass wind instrument, like a bass trumpet, so contrived that it can be lengthened or shortened according to the tone required; -- said to be the same as the trombone. [Written also sagbut.] --Moore (Encyc. of Music). Note: The sackbut of the Scriptures is supposed to have been a stringed instrument.

Easton's Bible Dictionary

(Chald. sabkha; Gr. sambuke), a Syrian stringed instrument resembling a harp (Dan. 3:5, 7, 10, 15); not the modern sackbut, which is a wind instrument.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

sak'-but.

See MUSIC, III, 1, (f).



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