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trɒmˈboʊn, ˈtrɒm boʊntrom·bone

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trombone(noun)

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


  1. trombone(Noun)

    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 Bu266Du02CC (contra Bu266D).

    Etymology: From trombone, from tromba + augmentative suffix -one.

  2. trombone(Noun)

    The common European bittern.

    Etymology: From trombone, from tromba + augmentative suffix -one.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trombone(noun)

    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

  2. Trombone(noun)

    the common European bittern


  1. Trombone

    The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. Like all brass instruments, sound is produced when the player’s vibrating lips cause the air column inside the instrument to vibrate. Nearly all trombones have a telescoping slide mechanism that varies the length of the instrument to change the pitch. Instead of a slide, the valve trombone has three valves like those on a trumpet. The word trombone derives from Italian tromba and -one, so the name means "large trumpet". The trombone has a predominantly cylindrical bore like its valved counterpart the baritone horn and in contrast to its conical valved counterparts, the euphonium and the orchestral horn. The most frequently encountered trombones are the tenor trombone and bass trombone. The E♭ alto trombone became less common as tenor technique extended the upper range of that instrument, but is now enjoying a resurgence as the importance of its lighter sonority in many classical and early romantic works is appreciated. The most common variant, the tenor, is pitched in B♭, an octave below the B♭ trumpet and an octave above the B♭ tuba. Trombone music, along with music for euphonium and tuba, is typically written in concert pitch, although exceptions do occur, notably in almost all brass band music where tenor trombone is presented as a B♭ transposing instrument.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trombone

    trom′bōn, n. a deep-toned brass musical wind instrument of the trumpet kind, consisting of a tube bent twice on itself.—n. Trom′bonist. [It.; augm. of tromba, a trumpet.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. trombone

    A species of blunderbuss for boat service, taking its name from its unseemly trumpet mouth.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. trombone

    Formerly a species of blunderbuss for boat-service, taking its name from its unseemly trumpet mouth.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trombone in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trombone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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