trombone
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˌtɹɒmˈbəʊn/, /tɹəmˈbəʊn/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌtɹɑmˈboʊn/, /tɹəmˈboʊn/
Noun

trombone (plural trombones)

  1. 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.
  2. The common European bittern.
Translations Verb

trombone (trombones, present participle tromboning; past and past participle tromboned)

  1. (telecommunications) To transmit a signal or data back to a central switching point before sending it out to its destination.
  2. (film, slang, transitive) To extend and retract (the zoom lens); to use it too enthusiastically.
    • 2015, Kathryn Ramey, Experimental Filmmaking: Break the Machine (page 357)
      […] do things wrong (like rotating the lens turret while shooting or backwinding and doing multiple passes on the same strip of film or doing in-camera fades with the variable shutter or tromboning a zoom lens like a teenager on acid, etc., etc., etc.) […]
    • 2014, Henry K. Miller, The Essential Raymond Durgnat (page 71)
      He recalls (email to editor, 2 December 2012) that Durgnat 'shouted out' in response to his 'tromboning' the zoom-lens at the film's 1967 London Film Festival screening: […]



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