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bass viol

[beys] /beɪs/
viola da gamba.
Origin of bass viol
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He wanted to live in a city and teach school, play his bass viol, and belong to musical or singing clubs.

  • The artist is seen in the foreground playing a viol: Titian a bass viol.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • I cannot think it likely that the sculptor saw anyone playing a bass viol in this manner.

  • She doesn't know a fugue from a bass viol, and she never hesitates to say so.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • At the sound of the bass viol the bull stood still, raised his head, and glowered at the extraordinary object before him.

  • To the left was the orchestra, a violin, 'cello and bass viol.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • If one has a few pieces (violin, cello, bass viol, flute) to play Hungarian airs during the dinner it will please the guests.

    Suppers Paul Pierce
  • Old Doctor Kingsley played the bass viol so it was soul stirrin' too.

  • Then there came a sudden twang, as of a violently plucked string on a bass viol, and the amber egg dropped from the faceted side.

  • The word Violino is not mentioned by Lanfranco, but in every case only the termination Violone, which is bass viol.

    The Violoncello and Its History Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
British Dictionary definitions for bass viol

bass viol

another name for viola da gamba
(US) a less common name for double bass (sense 1)
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bass viol in Culture
bass viol [(veye-uhl)]

The largest and lowest-pitched instrument of the strings, also called a bass fiddle or double bass. The player must stand or sit on a tall stool to play it.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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