Definitions for vibraphoneˈvaɪ brəˌfoʊn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a musical percussion instrument resembling a xylophone and having metal bars struck with mallets and electrically powered resonators to sustain the tone and create a vibrato.
Category: Music and Dance
Ref: Also called vibraharp.
Origin of vibraphone:
1925–30; < L vibrā(re) to shake + -phone
vi•bra•phon•istˈvaɪ brəˌfoʊ nɪst, vaɪˈbrɒf ə-(n.)
vibraphone, vibraharp, vibes(noun)
a percussion instrument similar to a xylophone but having metal bars and rotating disks in the resonators that produce a vibrato sound
A percussion instrument with a double row of tuned metal bars, each above the tubular resonator containing a motor-driven rotating vane, giving a vibrato effect.