Definitions for violˈvaɪ əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vi•olˈvaɪ əl(n.)

  1. a bowed musical instrument, differing from the violin in having deeper ribs, sloping shoulders, a greater number of strings, usu. six, and frets: common in the 16th and 17th centuries in various sizes from the treble viol to the bass viol.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of viol:

1475–85; < MF viole (akin to OF viel(l)e> earlier E viele) < OPr viola, der. of violar to play the viol or a similar instrument (perh. imit.)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. viol(noun)

    any of a family of bowed stringed instruments that preceded the violin family


  1. viol(Noun)

    A viola da gamba, a family of musical instruments that preceded the violin and viola and similar string instruments

Webster Dictionary

  1. Viol(noun)

    a stringed musical instrument formerly in use, of the same form as the violin, but larger, and having six strings, to be struck with a bow, and the neck furnished with frets for stopping the strings

  2. Viol(noun)

    a large rope sometimes used in weighing anchor


  1. Viol

    The viol or viola da gamba is any one of a family of bowed, fretted and stringed musical instruments developed in the mid-late 15th century and used primarily in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Music historians have traditionally related the viol family as descended primarily from the Renaissance vihuela, a plucked instrument that preceded the guitar. Viols are different in several respects from instruments of the violin family, most obviously in the instruments' flat rather than shaped backs.

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a kind of small bluish-purple flower.

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