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Viol

Viol Meaning & Definition
Viol Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Viol?

[n] any of a family of bowed stringed instruments that preceded the violin family

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See Also | bass viol | bowed stringed instrument | string | viola da braccio | viola da gamba | viola d'amore

Viol In Webster's Dictionary

\Vi"ol\, n. [F. viole; cf. Pr. viola, viula, Sp., Pg., & It. viola, LL. vitula; of uncertain origin; perhaps from L. vitulari to celebrate a festival, keep holiday, be joyful, perhaps originally, to sacrifice a calf (vitulus; cf. {Veal}). Cf. {Fiddle}, {Vielle}, 2d {Viola}, {Violin}.] 1. (Mus.) 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. Me softer airs befit, and softer strings Of lute, or viol still, more apt for mournful things. --Milton. Note: The name is now applied as a general term to designate instruments of the violin kind, as tenor viol, bass viol, etc. 2. (Naut.) A large rope sometimes used in weighing anchor. [Written also {voyal}, and {voyal}.] --Totten.

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