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[vahy-uh-lin] /ˌvaɪ əˈlɪn/
the treble instrument of the family of modern bowed instruments, held nearly horizontal by the player's arm with the lower part supported against the collarbone or shoulder.
a violinist or part for a violin.
Origin of violin
1570-80; < Italian violino, equivalent to viol(a) (see viola1) + -ino diminutive suffix Unabridged
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  • violin strings turn into musical wings under his exceptional fingers.
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  • Other sources of sound, such as guitar, violin or piano strings are good examples of how vibrations can generate sound.
  • Does that mean that our six quarks are nothing but symphony of the strings as in violin.
  • Another of the mansion's unusual objects is a stuffed rat playing the violin.
  • The musician in the café packs up his violin and departs.
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  • But this, together with scraping a tune on his violin, seemingly provided for his needs.
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  • Energy condensed into matter, and each particle of this matter is vibrating as does a violin string.
British Dictionary definitions for violin


a bowed stringed instrument, the highest member of the violin family, consisting of a fingerboard, a hollow wooden body with waisted sides, and a sounding board connected to the back by means of a soundpost that also supports the bridge. It has two f-shaped sound holes cut in the belly. The instrument, noted for its fine and flexible tone, is the most important of the stringed instruments. It is held under the chin when played. Range: roughly three and a half octaves upwards from G below middle C
Word Origin
C16: from Italian violino a little viola, from viola1
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Word Origin and History for violin

1570s, from Italian violino, diminutive of viola (see viola).

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violin in Culture

violin definition

The most familiar and highest-pitched instrument of the strings. A typical symphony orchestra has more than two dozen violinists.

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