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saxophone definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a single-reed woodwind with a conical bore [syn: sax, saxophone]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French, from Antoine Sax died 1894 Belgian instrument maker + French -phone Date: 1851 one of a group of single-reed woodwind instruments ranging from soprano to bass and characterized by a conical metal tube and finger keys saxophonic adjective saxophonist noun

Britannica Concise

Single-reed wind instrument with a conical metal tube and finger keys. Though made of brass, it is classified as a woodwind instrument. Its mouthpiece resembles the clarinet's. The saxophone family includes instruments with at least eight different ranges, the tenor and alto instruments being the most common. The smallest (highest-range) saxophones are straight; the rest have curved necks and their bells are bent up and out. Transposing instruments in B-flat and E-flat, all have the same written 31 / 2-octave range. The saxophone was patented in 1846 by A. Sax, who created two separate instrument families, for military and orchestral use respectively. Though few composers included saxophones in their orchestral scores, they became centrally important in military, dance, and jazz bands.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a keyed brass reed instrument in several sizes and registers, used esp. in jazz and dance music. 2 a saxophone-player. Derivatives: saxophonic adj. saxophonist n. Etymology: Sax (as SAXHORN) + -PHONE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Saxophone Sax"o*phone, n. [A.A.J. Sax, the inventor (see Saxhorn) + Gr. ? tone.] (Mus.) A wind instrument of brass, containing a reed, and partaking of the qualities both of a brass instrument and of a clarinet.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(saxophones) A saxophone is a musical instrument in the shape of a curved metal tube with a narrower part that you blow into and keys that you press. N-VAR: oft the N

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