Main definitions of sax in English

: sax1sax2

sax1

noun

informal
  • 1A saxophone.

    ‘alto sax’
    as modifier ‘a sax solo’
    • ‘There's a stunning, uncredited sax solo and a quirky contrapuntal bit for the trombones.’
    • ‘The track is partially redeemed by another great sax solo, but otherwise seems very much out-of-place and closes the album on a sour note.’
    • ‘He first came into contact with music aged nine, when he learned to play the alto sax, but it was his encounter with electronic instruments, at the age of twelve, during a summer arts camps, that defined the realm in which he now evolves.’
    • ‘Squealing keyboard lines duel with harsh sax solos, but it's the drumming that ultimately comes up victorious.’
    • ‘The sax and swung ride cymbal suggest sexuality, but the lyrics never make it explicit.’
    • ‘Most of the focus is on piano and voice, although violin, viola, cello, sax, and flute are also heard - there's no missing Antony's thoughtful words.’
    • ‘Curiously, he includes three thick multi-tracked saxophone pieces on this album seemingly dedicated to a magnification of the sax's more minute phenomenon and to the distinctive solo voice.’
    • ‘On some tracks he has his friends lay very minimal flute, sax or guitar lines.’
    • ‘A muted, tinkling presence throughout, the piano is accompanied by the voices of melancholy oboe and sax.’
    • ‘On the heels of a serpentine bass clarinet solo, the piece ends with sax, trombone, and clarinet wailing against a massive brew of drums, congas, and bass.’
    • ‘Over the years, he has become adept on alto and soprano saxes, value trombone, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, cornet, and various clarinets.’
    • ‘This leads to a nice soprano sax solo, and the tune is well within the domain of standard fusion.’
    • ‘His exquisite phrasing is heard frequently on 16-or 32-bar alto sax solos, and occasionally on trumpet and clarinet.’
    • ‘I'm always a sucker for a good horn section, so the trombone, trumpet and sax were a welcome sight and sound.’
    • ‘The best moments come courtesy of Rinne, whose multitracked ensembles and solos on soprano sax and bass clarinet are always well judged.’
    • ‘One of my favorite sax solos on the record was cut live that way.’
    • ‘Later, when I was a little older, I joined his orchestra, playing alto sax and clarinet.’
    • ‘Similarly, Tom on trumpet & flugelhorn, and Carlos on alto sax, are used for coloration far more often that they are given the spotlight.’
    • ‘The song bolts out with an anticipatory, pulsing rhythm under a soprano sax solo.’
    • ‘But they stipulated that there were to be no drums or even electronic simulations of drums, and no trumpets, although French horns, soprano saxes and electric violins were perfectly okay.’
    1. 1.1 A saxophone player.
      ‘tenor saxes Alan Thompson and Sue Ferris’
      • ‘One of the tenor saxes also played the lead in unison with the clarinet, but an octave lower.’
      • ‘Though Underhill admits his band of three saxes, a crazy bassist, and a dancing drummer is getting on in years, he claims they've still got that old verve.’

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

sax

/saks/

Main definitions of sax in English

: sax1sax2

sax2

(also zax)

noun

  • A small axe used for cutting roof slates, with a point for making nail holes.

Origin

Old English seax ‘knife’, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘cut’.

Pronunciation

sax

/saks/