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
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.
Hip dips, also known as violin hips, don't indicate any problem with your health or appearance.
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.
Ryu, who played the violin throughout her youth in addition to excelling at golf, won in her first start in the United States - the 2011 U.S. Women's Open at the Broadmoor in Colorado - and earned LPGA membership starting in 2012.
His performance experience includes dance, acting, singing, and some violin.
The violin solo was beautiful and very nice to hear.
Her favorite photo of the two of them together was taken at one of her violin recitals in 2002.
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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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