violin definition by Webster's New World
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designating the modern family of stringed instruments played with a bow, characterized by four strings tuned in fifths, a lack of frets, a somewhat rounded back, and f-shaped sound holes
the smallest and highest-pitched instrument of this family, held horizontally under the chin, resting against the collarbone; fiddle
Origin: Italian violino, diminutive of viola, viola
violin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A stringed instrument played with a bow, having four strings tuned at intervals of a fifth, an unfretted fingerboard, and a shallower body than the viol and capable of great flexibility in range, tone, and dynamics.
Origin: Italian violino, diminutive of viola, viola; see viola1.
- viˌo·linˈist noun
- viˌo·lin·isˈtic adjective