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bass viol

[beys] /beɪs/
noun
1.
viola da gamba.
Origin of bass viol
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90
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Examples from the Web for bass viol
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  • She doesn't know a fugue from a bass viol, and she never hesitates to say so.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • To the left was the orchestra, a violin, 'cello and bass viol.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Old Doctor Kingsley played the bass viol so it was soul stirrin' too.

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

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • The instruments used are a piano, organ, violin, cornet and bass viol.

    The Twin Hells John N. Reynolds
  • It's the only thing that makes me forgive that bass viol for getting in my way.

    The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington
  • 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
  • I cannot think it likely that the sculptor saw anyone playing a bass viol in this manner.

  • 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
  • Thurston obeyed while the high-piled thunder-heads rumbled deep accompaniment, like the resonant lower tones of a bass viol.

    The Lure of the Dim Trails by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for bass viol

bass viol

/beɪs/
noun
1.
another name for viola da gamba
2.
(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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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