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.
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.
The smallest and highest-pitched instrument of this family, held horizontally under the chin, resting against the collarbone; fiddle.
(music) A musical four-string instrument, generally played with a bow or by plucking the string. Pitch is set by pressing the strings at the appropriate place with the fingers.
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Italianviolino, diminutive form of viola with diminutive suffix -ino
Violin Sentence Examples
Thus there was quite as much important solo music for the flute as for the violin; and almost more music for the viola da gamba than for the violoncello.
He was good enough with the violin now.
But this system is practicable only by the voice and instruments of the violin class.
The violin string is first drawn on one side.
Each instrument--now resembling a violin and now a horn, but better and clearer than violin or horn--played its own part, and before it had finished the melody merged with another instrument that began almost the same air, and then with a third and a fourth; and they all blended into one and again became separate and again blended, now into solemn church music, now into something dazzlingly brilliant and triumphant.