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Meaning of VIOL

Pronunciation:  'vIul

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

VIOL is a 4 letter word that starts with V.


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



Webster's 1913 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.

Easton Bible Dictionary

Heb. nebel (Isa. 5:12, R.V., "lute;" 14:11), a musical instrument, usually rendered "psaltery" (q.v.)