- 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
Examples from the Web for violin
If a stellar-mass black hole is a violin, an IMBH is a double bass.The Goldilocks of Black Holes
Matthew R. Francis
August 24, 2014
The Democrats will emphasize the violin stories, and they will exist, too.Why Obamacare Could Help the Democrats in 2014
December 5, 2013
One hat in the Press Room is designed from black velvet with a violin perched on top of a skull cap.Anna Piaggi's 'Hat-ology' Exhibition Opens in Milan
September 23, 2013
Holmes did play the violin, but also smoked a pipe, boxed, injected cocaine, and lost himself in his chemistry lab.The Foodie Detective: The Pepe Carvalho Novels by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
October 3, 2012
Wally Pratt was a skinny, kind of dorky kid who wore bowties and played the violin.The Memorial Day Diaries
The Daily Beast
May 29, 2011
The lame girl who played the violin limped down the corridor into the ward.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The violin and piano are excellent, but on some accounts the hand-organ is the best of all.
I am a musician—I play the violin on a boat till I strike—so now I will get you the music.The Harbor
Mr. Beckendorff had his violin in his hand, but his dress was much changed.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
I almost yelled, dashing wildly into my room to wash my hands and get my violin.The First 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 and History for violin
1570s, from Italian violino, diminutive of viola (see viola).