violin (plural violins)
- (musical instrument) A musical four-string instrument, generally played with a bow or by plucking the string, with the pitch set by pressing the strings at the appropriate place with the fingers; also any instrument of the violin family ↗.
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XX, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855 ↗:
- She was looking more like Sherlock Holmes than ever. Slap a dressing-gown on her and give her a violin, and she could have walked straight into Baker Street and no questions asked.
- (music) A violinist.
- The first violin often plays the lead melody lines in a string quartet.
- French: violon
- German: Geige i normal, Violine i technical, solemn, Fiedel i informal
- Italian: violino
- Portuguese: violino
- Russian: скри́пка
- Spanish: violín
violin (violins, present participle violining; past and past participle violined)
- (ambitransitive) To play on, or as if on, a violin.