• WordNet 3.6
    • n xylophone a percussion instrument with wooden bars tuned to produce a chromatic scale and with resonators; played with small mallets
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A glockenspiel is a musical instrument that is like a xylophone. It has a series of metal bars and is played with two hammers
    • Xylophone (Mus) An instrument common among the Russians, Poles, and Tartars, consisting of a series of strips of wood or glass graduated in length to the musical scale, resting on belts of straw, and struck with two small hammers. Called in Germany strohfiedel, or straw fiddle.
    • Xylophone An instrument to determine the vibrative properties of different kinds of wood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Xylophones(Greek xylon,"wood"; phone,"sound") were actually developed in South East Asia in the 14th centuary
    • n xylophone A musical instrument consisting of a graduated series of wooden bars, often supported on bands of straw, and sounded by means of small wooden hammers or by rubbing with rosined gloves. The tone is often agreeable and effective. Also gigelira, sticcada, and strawfiddle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Xylophone zī′lō-fōn a musical instrument consisting of a graduated series of wooden bars, which are rested on straw, and are struck by wooden hammers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Xylo-, + Gr. fwnh` sound
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. xylon, wood, phōnē, a voice.


In literature:

It thrashed its bony arms impatiently and its ribs rattled like a xylophone.
"Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete" by Charles M. Skinner
The Pacific coast Indians made gongs or "xylophones" out of blocks or slabs of resonant wood.
"Pioneers in Canada" by Sir Harry Johnston
To produce this effect, the composer uses the xylophone with capital results.
"How to Listen to Music, 7th ed." by Henry Edward Krehbiel
A touch like a xylophone player, but he knows how to use his feet.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
From the bog the frogs sounded like a continuously and lightly-struck xylophone.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
It appears that the xylophone was played in Germany as early as the beginning of the 16th century.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885" by Various
Preceding us on the bill were the Martin Brothers, playing for twenty-two minutes on Xylophones.
"Continuous Vaudeville" by Will M. Cressy
Then it paused, and the sonorous voice of the xylophone spoke to the jungle.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
A musical team played that everlasting 'Poet and Peasant' on the xylophones.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
The hammer on each bar of the long metal xylophone of the electric eye signal hung motionless.
"The Trap" by Betsy Curtis
The sound produced is similar to the xylophone, and gains in quality as the number of players is increased.
"Principles of Orchestration" by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Many African instruments are, however, sweet and gentle, and as mild as sucking doves, notably the xylophonic family.
"West African studies" by Mary Henrietta Kingsley

In news:

Steven Arlen, of Aiken, and his daughter Mia prepare to demonstrate their homemade xylophone Menorah during the annual Hanukkah latke and salmon dinner on Christmas night at Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans.
Corbett vs Dempsey displays a monstrous vision in "Xylophone Solo".
This city has one of the world's most exciting music scenes—from reggae, rap, and hip-hop to traditional tribal drum, string, flute, and xylophone.
Craig makes everything, from flower vases to xylophones, out of clay.
Steven Arlen, of Aiken, and his daughter Mia, 11, demonstrate their homemade xylophone menorah at Sunday's annual Jewish Community Hanukkah Latke and Salmon Dinner.
Laura Ingraham jokes that she plans to pursue modern dance and the xylophone.
The Russian composer (1906-1975) often converted the piano into a percussion instrument, using its upper register like an xylophone, shooting out sharp staccatos.
Hydraulic log splitter and xylophone toy.
Enlarge Jeff Piorkowski, Sun News Jordan Rzepka, 10, is among a group of children playing "Hear the Bells Ring" on xylophones JEFF PIORKOWSKI/SUN NEWS agnon gallery (5 photos).
The list of percussion includes snare drums, timpani, cymbals, brake drums, gongs, tuned percussion (marimba, chimes, xylophone), tambourine, and woodblock.
There is a tune called "Congo Blues" by the innovative white xylophone/vibraphone artist Red Norvo, recorded by him with Bird and Diz in '45, and also featured on a radio broadcast of Diz with a Coltrane tenor solo in 1951.
Fusing West African rhythms with poetic folk music, Piers Faccini leads his band and plays everything from kora to the xylophone.

In science:

Therefore, the ET baseline design adopted a ‘xylophone’ strategy [69, 70, 71] and each of the three detectors within the triangle will consist of two individual interferometers, one optimised for the low-frequency range and the other for the high-frequency range .
Beyond the Second Generation of Laser-Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observatories
The Observatory is made out of three xylophone detectors (red, blue green) with 10 km arm length, each consists of two interferometers, one covering the low-frequency range and one the high-frequency range.
Beyond the Second Generation of Laser-Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observatories
There are, however, some “pitched” or “tuned” percussion instruments (such as the marimba and xylophone) can produce an obvious fundamental pitch and can therefore play melody and serve harmonic functions in music in addition to the rhythm.
Music in Terms of Science
The xylophone (including marimba) consists of wooden bars that make sound when struck by mallets.
Music in Terms of Science
Concert xylophones typically cover three and half or four octaves.
Music in Terms of Science
When the wooden bars of a xylophone are replaced by metal plates or tubes, a glockenspiel is constructed which is also composed of a set of tuned harmonic idiophones.
Music in Terms of Science
The glockenspiel is also played with a pair of mallets, like the xylophone.
Music in Terms of Science
When struck, the bars produce a very pure, bell-like sound, usually at higher pitch than those of xylophones.
Music in Terms of Science
This is the so called “ xylophone ” solution [122, 137]. Another way to go is the Dual detector proposed by the Auriga group.
The Past, Present and Future of the Resonant-Mass Gravitational Wave Detectors