from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A brass instrument resembling a tuba but with a lower pitch; a bass or contrabass tuba.
- n. A 16- or 32-foot reed stop on an organ.
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- n. A brass instrument, the bass version of the tuba.
- n. A bass instrument of the shawm family
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large-sized musical instrument of the trumpet kind, in tone not unlike the ophicleide.
- n. The lowest of the sax-horns.
- n. Formerly, a bass reed-stop of the organ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family
- n. a tuba that coils over the shoulder of the musician
The contra-bombardon man, we understand, also complains that his instrument is too tight round the chest.
The euphonium and bombardon, the basses of the important family of saxhorns, now completely cover the ground of bass wind instrument music.
The bombardon, or E flat tuba, has much richer lower notes.
The visitor put out his hand, but as I offered him the bombardon he waved it aside impatiently and pointed to the cornet.
She seemed to me to walk nervously, as if brought up for punishment; and a thought took me -- and I shall be glad of it when I come to die -- that if they meant to ill-use her I might do worse than assault that venerable pair with my bombardon and end my adventures with credit.
I had left it, as you know, in the boat, and had heard no order given; but the boat I never saw again, and here was my bombardon.
I believe he would have done it for the sake of the cornet; but before I had finished eating, up stepped a sentry escorting a man with my bombardon under his arm.
This was the old man who had listened to my performance on the bombardon.
O'Hara wouldn't wake, so I just lifted him on board like a sack, tossed in his cornet and my bombardon, tumbled in on top of them, and started to row for dear life towards the ship's light in the offing.
Jerry, with his battered bombardon in his hand, evidently on his way from the band-room to the sergeants 'quarters.