Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • For all that, the 11 lavishly gifted "stars", plus actor Paul McGann reading out the instruments and adding a certain low-key sensuality to the word "glockenspiel", were a revelation.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • The Bruce Springsteen Glockenspiel Addendum takes the few tracks on Born to Run which don’t contain glockenspiel, and adds the missing instrument.

    South by Southwest « Squares of Wheat

  • The glockenspiel was a bit hit early on because composers always wanted to write for bells, and there was no practical way to do that.

    Disquiet » The Public Record

  • The glockenspiel was a big hit early on because composers always wanted to write for bells, and there was no practical way to do that.

    Disquiet » The Public Record

  • Indeed this and the glockenspiel are a superb tool that helps distinguish them and create their quite unique sound and style.

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  • The glockenspiel is a percussion instrument consisting of tuned steel bars that are hit with a hammer.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • But through the wide streets and through the narrow ones, under the archways into the market gardens, across the bridge and into the square where the "glockenspiel" played its old tinkling tune, everywhere the Citadel looked down and always The Rat walked on in his dream.

    The Lost Prince

  • * Why does "glockenspiel" mean "bell play", if there aren't any bells on a glockenspiel?

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • The '' 'glockenspiel' '' is a percussion instrument consisting of tuned steel bars that are hit with a hammer.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • SpongeBob stares and stares from the window of his pineapple-shaped house, making a tiny glockenspiel noise every time he blinks.

    SpongeBob's Golden Dream

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