Definition of violin
: a bowed stringed instrument having four strings tuned at intervals of a fifth and a usual range from G below middle C upward for more than 41⁄2 octaves and having a shallow body, shoulders at right angles to the neck, a fingerboard without frets, and a curved bridge
violinistplay \ˌvī-ə-ˈli-nist\ noun
violinisticplay \ˌvī-ə-lə-ˈni-stik\ adjective
Recent Examples of violin from the Web
MUSIC Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist: Mark Brampton, organ, with Maureen McCarty, violin, 12:15 p.m. July 19, 812 N. Jackson St., (414) 276-9814.
Lee would regularly take out his violin to play and his waiters would sing opera.
At Obama’s first inauguration, Yo-Yo Ma (cello) and Itzhak Perlman (violin) performed to a recording of themselves—because of the extreme cold on the day of the event, spokespeople said later. Sept 29, 2012.
Arizona's Susannah Cowley, wearing a long red dress (for some reason, red gowns were abundant Friday night), played a Hungarian folk dance on the violin.
Hip dips, also known as violin hips, don't indicate any problem with your health or appearance.
The violin sections of the Festival orchestra are stuffed with concertmasters, any one of whom could have played the concerto.
The Alba Trio is comprised of flute, violin, and cello.
And music lovers of all skill levels will gather in dozens of cities for single-instrument jam sessions for everything from accordions, cellos and dulcimers to harmonica, ukuleles, violins and voices.
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Origin and Etymology of violin
Italian violino, diminutive of viola
First Known Use: circa 1576See Words from the same year
VIOLIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of violin for English Language Learners
: a musical instrument that has four strings and that you usually hold against your shoulder under your chin and play with a bow
VIOLIN Defined for Kids
Definition of violin for Students
: a stringed musical instrument with four strings that is usually held against the shoulder under the chin and played with a bow
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