Fiddle and Violin

Fiddle

The term fiddle may refer to any bowed string musical instrument, most often the violin. It is also a colloquial term for the instrument used by players in all genres, including classical music.

fiddle n : bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the violin family; this instrument has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played with a bow [syn: {violin}] v 1: avoid (one's assigned duties); "The derelict soldier shirked his duties" [syn: {shirk}, {shrink from}, {goldbrick}] 2: commit fraud and steal from one's employer; "We found out that she had been fiddling for years" 3: play the violin or fiddle 4: play on a violin; "Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely" 5: manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; "She played nervously with her wedding ring"; "Don't fiddle with the screws"; "He played with the idea of running for the Senate" [syn: {toy}, {diddle}, {play}] 6: play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly; "Someone tampered with the documents on my desk"; "The reporter fiddle with the facts" [syn: {tamper}, {monkey}] 7: try to fix or mend; "Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's not working right"; "She always fiddles with her van on the weekend" [syn: {tinker}]

96 Moby Thesaurus words for "fiddle": A string, Amati, Cremona, D string, E string, G string, Strad, Stradivari, Stradivarius, alter, bass, bass viol, bow, bridge, bull fiddle, cello, cheat, contrabass, cook, coquet, crowd, dabble, dally, doodle, double bass, falsify, feel, fiddle with, fiddle-faddle, fiddlebow, fiddlestick, fidget, fidget with, finagle, finger with, fingerboard, fix, flimflam, flirt, fool, fool around, fool with, fraud, fribble, frivol, handle, horse around, idle, interfere with, jerk off, kid around, kit, kit fiddle, kit violin, loiter, meddle with, mess, mess around, monkey, monkey around, monkey business, piddle, play, play around, play violin, play with, potter, puddle, putter, racket, saw, scrape, scroll, skin game, smatter, soundboard, string, swindle, tamper with, tenor violin, thimblerig, tinker, touch, toy, toy with, trifle, tuning peg, twiddle, viol, viola, violin, violinette, violoncello, violoncello piccolo, violone, violotta

Fiddle \Fid"dle\, v. t. To play (a tune) on a fiddle. [1913 Webster]

Fiddle \Fid"dle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fiddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fiddling}.] 1. To play on a fiddle. [1913 Webster] Themistocles . . . said he could not fiddle, but he could make a small town a great city. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To keep the hands and fingers actively moving as a fiddler does; to move the hands and fingers restlessy or in busy idleness; to trifle. [1913 Webster] Talking, and fiddling with their hats and feathers. --Pepys. [1913 Webster]

Fiddle \Fid"dle\ (f[i^]d"d'l), n. [OE. fidele, fithele, AS. fi[eth]ele; akin to D. vedel, OHG. fidula, G. fiedel, Icel. fi[eth]la, and perh. to E. viol. Cf. {Viol}.] 1. (Mus.) A stringed instrument of music played with a bow; a violin; a kit. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A kind of dock ({Rumex pulcher}) with fiddle-shaped leaves; -- called also {fiddle dock}. [1913 Webster] 3. (Naut.) A rack or frame of bars connected by strings, to keep table furniture in place on the cabin table in bad weather. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster] {Fiddle beetle} (Zo["o]l.), a Japanese carabid beetle ({Damaster blaptoides}); -- so called from the form of the body. {Fiddle block} (Naut.), a long tackle block having two sheaves of different diameters in the same plane, instead of side by side as in a common double block. --Knight. {Fiddle bow}, fiddlestick. {Fiddle fish} (Zo["o]l.), the angel fish. {Fiddle head}, See {fiddle head} in the vocabulary. {Fiddle pattern}, a form of the handles of spoons, forks, etc., somewhat like a violin. {Scotch fiddle}, the itch. (Low) {To play first fiddle}, or {To play second fiddle}, to take a leading or a subordinate part. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

FIDDLE, n. An instrument to tickle human ears by friction of a horse's tail on the entrails of a cat. To Rome said Nero: "If to smoke you turn I shall not cease to fiddle while you burn." To Nero Rome replied: "Pray do your worst, 'Tis my excuse that you were fiddling first." Orm Pludge

Violin

The violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which also includes the viola, cello, and double bass.

violin n : bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the violin family; this instrument has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played with a bow [syn: {fiddle}]

36 Moby Thesaurus words for "violin": A string, Amati, Cremona, D string, E string, G string, Strad, Stradivari, Stradivarius, bass, bass viol, bow, bridge, bull fiddle, cello, contrabass, crowd, double bass, fiddle, fiddlebow, fiddlestick, fingerboard, kit, kit fiddle, kit violin, scroll, soundboard, string, tenor violin, tuning peg, viola, violinette, violoncello, violoncello piccolo, violone, violotta

Violin \Vi`o*lin"\, n. [It. violino, dim. of viola. See {Viol}.] (Mus.) A small instrument with four strings, played with a bow; a fiddle. [1913 Webster] Note: The violin is distinguished for the brilliancy and gayety, as well as the power and variety, of its tones, and in the orchestra it is the leading and most important instrument. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • fiddle: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • fiddle: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • fiddle: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • fiddle: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • fiddle: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • fiddle: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)
  • violin: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • violin: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • violin: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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