from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A percussion instrument with a series of metal bars tuned to the chromatic scale and played with two light hammers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a musical instrument of the percussion family of instruments; like the xylophone, it has tuned bars arranged like the keys on a piano, and is also smaller in size and higher in pitch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument, originally a series of bells on an iron rod, now a set of flat metal bars, diatonically tuned, giving a bell-like tone when played with a mallet; a carillon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument consisting of a series of small bells or metal rods or tubes, mounted in a frame and struck by hammers; sometimes the latter are manipulated from a keyboard. In the form used in military bands, sometimes improperly called a lyre, from the shape of the frame.
- n. In organ-building, a stop consisting of a set of bells, bars, or tubes sounded by hammers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a percussion instrument consisting of a set of graduated metal bars mounted on a frame and played with small hammers
German : Glocken, pl. of Glocke, bell (from Middle High German, from Old High German glocka, of imitative origin ) + Spiel, play; see spiel.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from German Glockenspiel (lit., bells-play) (Wiktionary)