Definitions for vibraphoneˈvaɪ brəˌfoʊn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vi•bra•phoneˈvaɪ brəˌfoʊn(n.)

  1. 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.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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


  1. vibraphone(Noun)

    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.


  1. Vibraphone

    The vibraphone is a musical instrument in the struck idiophone subfamily of the percussion family. The vibraphone is similar in appearance to the xylophone, marimba and glockenspiel. Each bar is paired with a resonator tube having a motor-driven butterfly valve at its upper end, mounted on a common shaft, which produces a tremolo or vibrato effect while spinning. The vibraphone also has a sustain pedal similar to that used on a piano; when the pedal is up, the bars are all damped and the sound of each bar is shortened; with the pedal down, they will sound for several seconds. The most common uses of the vibraphone are within jazz music, where it often plays a featured role, and in the wind ensemble, as a standard component of the percussion section.


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