Hypertext Webster Gateway: "violin"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Violin \Vi`o*lin"\, n. [It. violino, dim. of viola. See {Viol}.]
A small instrument with four strings, played with a bow; a

Note: The violin is distinguished for the brilliancy and
gayety, as well as the power and variety, of its tones,
and in the orchestra it is the leading and most
important instrument.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the
violin family; this instrument has four strings and a
hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played
with a bow [syn: {fiddle}]

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