Sackbut Sack"but, n. [F. saquebute, OF. saqueboute a sackbut, earlier, a sort of hook attached to the end of a lance used by foot soldiers to unhorse cavalrymen; prop. meaning, pull and push; fr. saquier, sachier, to pull, draw (perhaps originally, to put into a bag or take out from a bag; see {Sack} a bag) + bouter to push (see {Butt} to thrust). The name was given to the musical instrument from its being lengthened and shortened.] (Mus.) A brass wind instrument, like a bass trumpet, so contrived that it can be lengthened or shortened according to the tone required; -- said to be the same as the trombone. [Written also {sagbut}.] --Moore (Encyc. of Music). [1913 Webster]

Note: The sackbut of the Scriptures is supposed to have been a stringed instrument. [1913 Webster]

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  • sackbut — medieval wind instrument, c.1500, from Fr. saquebute, a bass trumpet with a slide like a trombone; presumably identical with O.N.Fr. saqueboute (14c.), a lance with an iron hook for pulling down mounted men, said to be from O.N.Fr. saquier to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sackbut — [sak′but΄] n. [MFr, saquebute, sackbut, earlier, hooked lance for fighting on horseback < OFr saquer, to draw, pull < VL * saccare, to pull (from a sack) < L saccus, SACK1 + OFr bouter, to push, BUTT2] 1. a medieval wind instrument,… …   English World dictionary

  • Sackbut — Vier Barockposaunen in Tenor , Alt , Tenor , und Basslage (v. l. n. r.) Zinken und Posaunen 1623 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sackbut — The Sackbut (var. Sacbutt; Sackbutt; Sagbutt), a brass instrument from the Renaissance and Baroque Eras, is the ancestor of the modern trombone. The term sackbut is usually used to differentiate the historic instrument from its modern counterpart …   Wikipedia

  • sackbut — noun Etymology: Middle French saqueboute hooked lance, sackbut, from saquer to pull + boter to push more at butt Date: 1533 the medieval and Renaissance trombone …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sackbut — /sak but /, n. 1. a medieval form of the trombone. 2. Bible. an ancient stringed musical instrument. Dan. 3. [1495 1505; < MF saquebute, earlier saqueboute, saquebot(t)e orig., a kind of hooked lance, appar. with saque (it) pulls (see SACCADE);… …   Universalium

  • Sackbut —    (Chald. sabkha; Gr. sambuke), a Syrian stringed instrument resembling a harp (Dan. 3:5, 7, 10, 15); not the modern sackbut, which is a wind instrument …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

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  • Sackbut — Early form of the trombone, so named because of its resemblance to a *saqueboute …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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