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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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  • One Sunday I can well mind—a bass-viol day that time, and Yeobright had brought his own.

  • That bass-viol slipped a little for'ard when we come down Lamson's Hill.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • The cornet and bass-viol had put in an appearance, but the pianist had been lost in the shuffle.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • There was a clearing of throats; then Mr. Fiddleman gave the key on the bass-viol.

    Winning His Way Charles Carleton Coffin
  • Doan't 'e knaw I be clerk of the parish, bass-viol player, and taicher of the singers?

    The Parish Clerk (1907) Peter Hampson Ditchfield
  • Let him hear what were those contents of the bass-viol which were removed that you might enter it.

    Peveril of the Peak Sir Walter Scott
  • He leaped upon the stage, kicked a hole in the bass-viol, and smashed the kettledrum around the neck of the nearest performer.

  • Keep your station: you stand as well for the encounter as may be: she is coming on; but as melancholy as a bass-viol in concert.

  • A strange sound mingled with the voices singing; it was the sound of a bass-viol.

    Little Grandmother Sophie May
  • To avoid all friction, Barbara goes ahead with the gentleman who plays the bass-viol.

    Life's Minor Collisions Frances Warner
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
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