Definition of woodwind in English:

woodwind

noun

  • treated as singular or plural Wind instruments other than brass instruments forming a section of an orchestra, including flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons.

    ‘striking passages for woodwind and brass’
    as modifier ‘a woodwind instrument’
    • ‘The shortcomings of the Queensland Orchestra's woodwind and brass sections are widely discussed in arts circles.’
    • ‘This requires that when the violins are playing, a camera is on the violins, ditto the brass, ditto the woodwind and every other section of the orchestra, with occasional shots of the conductor, preferably when he's at his most histrionic.’
    • ‘The Lismore Music Festival Society will hold its 92nd Eisteddfod in August and September this year with sections in woodwind, brass, piano, string, vocal, spoken word and dance.’
    • ‘Today we find women in brass, percussion and woodwind sections, as well as the safe-havens of strings and harpdom.’
    • ‘It would be misleading to assert that a woodwind trio (oboe, clarinet, bassoon) has a propensity for entertaining music rather than solid serious stuff.’
    • ‘With the brass and woodwind programs repair bills are very expensive.’
    • ‘I did also play in a woodwind orchestra, but the trumpet is very traditional and plays a big role in mining bands.’
    • ‘The categories of competition are woodwind, brass, strings, piano and vocal.’
    • ‘Piano classes start on Thursday, together with brass and woodwind instruments and handbell orchestras.’
    • ‘Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony displayed the orchestra's qualities to the full, with rich soloistic playing by woodwind and brass sections, notably the horn solo in the slow movement and its imitation by oboe and strings.’
    • ‘The 40-piece band, led by flight lieutenant John Buckley RAAF, includes woodwind, brass, percussion and vocal ensembles.’
    • ‘The Waterloo Stage production loses some of the bigness of the musical numbers, however, by replicating the brass and woodwind instruments on a synthesizer.’
    • ‘The business end of the Compton Organ - there are hundreds of settings and keys allowing the player the option of car horns, percussion, keyboard, brass and woodwind sounds and more.’
    • ‘The groups which performed include strings, woodwind and brass musicians and performances were also be given by some vocal soloists.’
    • ‘These charming songs exist in two different versions, the first for baritone and string quartet, and the second for tenor and woodwind quartet (oboe, cor anglais, clarinet and bassoon).’
    • ‘The same general comments apply equally well to other musical instrument capable of a sustained tone such as the woodwind and brass instruments.’
    • ‘Feldman scored it for an ensemble consisting of doubled woodwind quartet, brass septet, string quartet, and a trio of harp, piano, and vibraphone.’
    • ‘Judd made no attempt to tidy up the sheer chaos of this music, presenting its many dynamic extremes without apology, never subduing its often seemingly random accompanying noises of bells, woodwind flutterings and bassoon growls.’
    • ‘The entire woodwind and brass sections were all off stage!’
    • ‘The performances by the school orchestra and woodwind, brass and string soloists delighted a 120-strong audience of family and friends at the Granville Road school.’

Pronunciation

woodwind

/ˈwʊdwɪnd/