• WordNet 3.6
    • n saxophone a single-reed woodwind with a conical bore
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Neither the saxophone, the tuba, the coronet, nor the valve trumpet existed before 1800.
    • n Saxophone (Mus) A wind instrument of brass, containing a reed, and partaking of the qualities both of a brass instrument and of a clarinet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n saxophone A musical instrument, properly of the clarinet class, but with a metal tube like a trumpet or horn, invented by Adolphe Sax about 1840. It consists of a clarinet mouthpiece or beak and a conical tube more or less convoluted, with about twenty flngerholes controlled by keys or levers. Eight sizes or varieties are made, which are named from their fundamental key or their relative compass. They are especially useful in military bands as a more sonorous substitute for clarinets, but are almost unused in the orchestra.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Saxophone sak′sō-fōn a brass wind-instrument, with about twenty finger-keys, like the clarinet.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A.A.J. Sax, the inventor (see Saxhorn) + Gr. tone
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sax, the inventor—Gr. phōnē, the voice.


In literature:

She was still upon this ghostly errand when a furious outbreak of drums and saxophones sounded a prelude for the second dance.
"Alice Adams" by Booth Tarkington
Neither saxophone nor ophicleide was necessary for him to fill the soul with awe.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
They played everything from a saxophone to a harmonica.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
There are four sizes of saxophone now made between high soprano and bass.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 819" by Various
The drummer walloped his drums; a saxophone squawked, and fiddles squealed.
"Gentle Julia" by Booth Tarkington
After he had been there a week, we discovered that he had a saxophone.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
Clarinet and bass clarinet; saxophone.
"Music Notation and Terminology" by Karl W. Gehrkens
And that wonderful saxophone and the big bass drum!
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
Why don't ye git a saxophone en tune in on some jazz?
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
Muted cornets, banjos and saxophones were wailing out a tom-tom adagio.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht

In news:

A " tour de force " for saxophone.
Ornette Coleman loves repeating the story about giving saxophone lessons to his grandson, Ornette Ali Coleman.
He was super hot in the '80s and brought us saxophone-filled, awkward slow dance hits like 'Hold On To the Nights,' 'Right Here Waiting' and 'Endless Summer Nights.
Masterclass with Guest Artist Thomas Liley, saxophone.
Saxophone player Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton and guitarist Lawrence Katz from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones joined Sound Waves host Todd Kennedy for a wicked good time at the studio.
David Fry is reflected in a mirror as he repairs a saxophone at Draisen-Edwards Music.
Phil played saxophone and clarinet.
Senior tenor saxophone soloist and co-drum major Kyle McAlee was chosen as performer of the week and received the TOB Chapter XI Showmanship Award.
Rob Wagner's saxophone doesn't collect dust.
Grace Kelly first picked up the saxophone at age 9.
As PRISM Quartet celebrates its 25th anniversary, David Patrick Stearns profiles the all-saxophone group that has built a repertoire of more than 100 pieces.
Closer Than I Realized New Jazz Saxophone CD.
No matter how naughty or nice you have been, no matter how carefully you listen, on this New Year's Eve you will not be able to hear the delicious licks of a Clarence Clemons saxophone solo live.
If it's September, it means another batch of live performances from legendary saxophone swinger Jimmy Cavallo at downtown's Festa Italiana, running Friday, Sept 14, through Sunday, Sept 16.
Though saxophone is his first musical love, he also plays the flute and the clarinet.

In science:

The woodwinds are so named because originally they were mostly constructed from wood or bamboo, although the metal is used in constructing modern flutes and saxophones and plastic is used to make recorders.
Music in Terms of Science