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Viol

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Víol. n.s. [violle, Fr. viola, Ital.] A stringed instrument of musick.

        My tongue's use is to me no more,
Than an unstringed viol, or a harp.
Shakesp.

To strain a string, stop it with the finger, as in the necks of lutes and viols. Bacon.

Loud o'er the rest Cremona's trump doth sound;
Me softer airs befit, and softer strings
Of lute, or viol, still more apt for mournful things.
Milton.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Richard II (40)

Attributes: French (385) · Italian (29) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Viol." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: June 25, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=15922.


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