trombone[träm bōn′, träm′bōn′]
a large brass instrument consisting of a long tube bent parallel to itself twice and ending in a bell mouth: it is of two types, the , in which different tones are produced by moving the slide, or movable section of the tube, in or out, and the , played, like the trumpet, with valves
Origin of tromboneItalian ; from tromba, a trumpet ; from Old High German trumba: see trump
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.
Origin of tromboneFrench, from Italian, augmentative of tromba, trumpet, of Germanic origin.
- 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♭).
- Jim plays the trombone very well.
- This trombone is very expensive.
- The common European bittern.