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bass viol

[beys] /beɪs/
viola da gamba.
Origin of bass viol
First recorded in 1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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

another name for viola da gamba
(US) a less common name for double bass (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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