Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brass instrument consisting of a long cylindrical tube bent upon itself twice, ending in a bell-shaped mouth, and having a movable U-shaped slide for producing different pitches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A musical instrument in the brass family, having a cylindrical bore, and usually a sliding tube (but sometimes piston valves, and rarely both). Most often refers to the tenor trombone, which is the most common type of trombone and has a fundamental tone of B♭ˌ (contra B♭).
  • n. The common European bittern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A powerful brass instrument of the trumpet kind, thought by some to be the ancient sackbut, consisting of a tube in three parts, bent twice upon itself and ending in a bell. The middle part, bent double, slips into the outer parts, as in a telescope, so that by change of the vibrating length any tone within the compass of the instrument (which may be bass or tenor or alto or even, in rare instances, soprano) is commanded. It is the only member of the family of wind instruments whose scale, both diatonic and chromatic, is complete without the aid of keys or pistons, and which can slide from note to note as smoothly as the human voice or a violin. Softly blown, it has a rich and mellow sound, which becomes harsh and blatant when the tones are forced; used with discretion, its effect is often solemn and majestic.
  • n. The common European bittern.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large musical instrument of the trumpet family.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a brass instrument consisting of a long tube whose length can be varied by a U-shaped slide

Etymologies

French, from Italian, augmentative of tromba, trumpet, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian trombone, from tromba + augmentative suffix -one. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They are really members of one family, as the name trombone -- big trumpet -- implies, and blend well together.

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  • He developed a condition that's being called trombone player's lung.

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  • MR. MARSALIS: Please welcome jazz authority and scholar -- and he'll sneak a trombone out and play it if you don't watch him -- Dr. David Baker.

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  • The trombone is a wind instrument, and this ordinary fact still draws Globokar's special attention, as he tries to see how many of the breath's activities - speech, in particular - he can bring into play.

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  • The trombone is a very portable instrument, but remember, there’s always room for cello.

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  • After ever-increasing amounts of verbal diarrhoea from Kinnear culminated in his new contract codswallop, the best thing he can do now is keep his trap shut in public and get on the "trombone" to try and pull us out of the proverbial.

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  • "No doubt the trombone is a little cracked and brassy, so to speak, because of a hinfluenza as has wonted him for some weeks; but there's good stuff in 'im, sir, and plenty o' lungs.

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  • As in: "Get that fucking Microsoft "trombone" off of my computer screen before I blow my brains out."

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  • Two or three rose-breasted grossbeaks piped their liquid, childlike arias; towhees, at least a half-dozen of them, flung forth their loud, explosive trills that have a real musical quality; several cardinals whistled as if they meant to drown out all the other voices; scarlet and summer tanagers drawled their good-natured tunes, while their rich robes gleamed in the level rays of the rising sun; running like silver threads through all the other music, could be heard the fine trills of the field sparrows; the swinging chant of the creeping warblers and the loud rattle of the Tennessee warblers ran high up in the scale, furnishing a gossamer tenor; that golden optimist, the Baltimore oriole, piped his cheery recitative in the tops of the trees; chickadees supplied the minor strains and tufted titmice the alto; four or five turtle doves soothed the ear with their meditative cooing; while the calls and songs of numerous jays and a few yellow-breasted chats made a kind of trombone accompaniment.

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  • A '' 'trombone' '' is a type of [[musical instrument]] and, along with the [[trumpet]], is a member of the [[brass instrument | brass]] family.

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