- Originally, 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; now any similar musical instrument composed of a series of bars of graduated length. Called in Germany strohfiedel, or straw fiddle
- An instrument to determine the vibrative properties of different kinds of wood
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈzaɪləˌfoʊn/
- (music) Any musical instrument (percussion idiophone) made of wooden slats graduated so as to make the sounds of the scale when struck with a small drumstick-like mallet; the standard Western concert xylophone or one of its derivatives.
- To move above a ridged surface or series of surfaces so as to hit every ridge, in a manner similar to playing quickly and sequentially on a xylophone.
- “xylophone”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé , 2012.
- [slang] A slang term used in the fashion and entertainment industry (and often in the pro-ana community) to describe visible chest bones in a female due to extreme thinness. Not used with regard to the side of the body but specifically the breastplate due to its xylophonic appearance. Synonymous with xylobone.
- [slang] The only word anyone knows that begins in 'x'.
- [slang] A slang term used within the pro-ana community to describe the visibility of a female's chest / sternum bones due to extreme thinness.
Interchangeable with "xylobone."
- [slang] A word used to confuse little children in the spelling of it, although spelling such a word is extremely easy.
- [slang] when a male gets an erection while listening to, playing, or just in the presence of a xylophone
- [slang] A melodic percussion instrument made of resonators and wooden keys with a chromatic scale. Mallets are used to strike the keys.