violin

noun
vi·o·lin | \ˌvī-ə-ˈlin \

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

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violin: 1 bridge, 2 sound hole, 3 soundboard, 4 fingerboard, 5 pegs, 6 scroll, 7 tailpiece, g G-string, d D-string, a A-string, e E-string

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Other Words from violin

violinist \ˌvī-ə-ˈli-nist \ noun
violinistic \ˌvī-ə-lə-ˈni-stik \ adjective

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Fixing a broken network isn't as simple as a replacing a snapped string on a violin. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Aural Magic of Stanford's Laptop Orchestra," 8 June 2018 With computers, the orchestra can simulate the sound of a violin 100 feet tall. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Aural Magic of Stanford's Laptop Orchestra," 8 June 2018 Even more bizarre is that stamps and violins finished third and fourth, respectively. Eduardo Gruener, miamiherald, "No, your house is not an investment," 9 July 2018 The piece opens with the solo violin calmly ascendant against muted strings, the ambience quickly punctured by disconcerting whispers from the flutes. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "New-Music Premieres in Detroit," 31 May 2018 Acoustic and electronic instruments, from cello to guitar, violin and percussion. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Ludovico: The piano’s quiet rock star talks about his first Houston concert," 11 July 2018 The festival includes children’s performances, a cortege of gondolas, violin and viola performances and opera scenes. Sandra Dibble, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tijuana festival offers open-air opera performances," 10 July 2018 In 1989, the family emigrated from Moldova to Austria, where Kopatchinskaja studied violin and composition. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018 Mother’s Day is sort of astral, all violins and choirs, fancy brunches and armfuls of flowers. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "For Father's Day, all we want is a good old game of catch," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of violin

circa 1576, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for violin

borrowed from Italian violino, from viola "viola, viol" + -ino, diminutive suffix, going back to Latin -īnus -ine entry 1

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The first known use of violin was circa 1576

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violin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of violin

: a musical instrument that has four strings and that you usually hold against your shoulder under your chin and play with a bow

violin

noun
vi·o·lin | \ˌvī-ə-ˈlin \

Kids Definition of violin

: 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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