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 slide trombone, in which different tones are produced by moving the slide, or movable section of the tube, in or out, and the valve trombone, 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.