Definition of 'viola'


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1. music A 10-string steel-string acoustic guitar, used in Brazilian folk music.

2. botany Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Viola, including the violets and pansies.

3. music An organ stop having a similar tone

4. music A stringed instrument of the violin family, somewhat larger than a violin, played under the chin, and having a deeper tone

5. the tenor viol, or viola, a fifth lower than the violin. Its part is written in the alto clef, hence it is sometimes called the alto.

6. (Mus.) An instrument in form and use resembling the violin, but larger, and a fifth lower in compass.

7. an instrument resembling the viola, but larger, and held between the knees. It is now rarely used.

8. (Bot.) A genus of polypetalous herbaceous plants, including all kinds of violets.

9. a viol, larger than the viola, having catgut strings upon, and brass or steel wires under, the keyboard. These, sounding sympathetically with the strings, yield a peculiarly soft and silvery sound. It is now seldom used.

10. an instrument formerly used, resembling the viola, and intermediate in size between the viola and the viola da gamba.

11. any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola

12. large genus of flowering herbs of temperate regions

13. a bowed stringed instrument slightly larger than a violin, tuned a fifth lower

14. In organ-building, a stop with metal pipes of narrow scale and ears on the sides of the mouths, giving tones of a penetrating, string-like quality.

15. A genus of plants, type of the order Violarieæ and tribe Violeæ, including the pansies and violets.

16. Same as viol.

17. Specifically,in modern usage, the large violin, properly the alto violin, though generally called the tenor, in size about one seventh larger than the violin


1. Plays piano and viola, and sings in a Bach choir.

2. The viola players from the quartet will be a witness.

3. In bed he could hear his mother playing her viola.

4. Solo viola and cello passages sang of solitude; shivering violins sent the temperature plunging.

5. The viola and first violin found a droll savagery in the waltz, while the scherzo turned into an explosive rage of protest.

6. Towards the end the soloists take up the skeletal electric violin and viola: the effect was possibly more acute in the radio broadcast.

7. And I was kept very busy singing in choirs and playing my viola in orchestras.

8. Playing that viola, sailing, gardening and reading.

9. He grew up musical, playing the violin and viola, and attending concerts and opera avidly from an early age.

10. She stands from her seat, wanders in front of the viola player, lifts her dress high over her head and gives it a flap.

11. I have played the violin and viola since I was very young and taught myself piano for the last five years.

12. Where it says author=*firstname*+*lastname* put your name viola! all your books listed for you to someone looking to buy.

13. Victor Borge said that the only difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.

14. When I woke up, I called the viola player/composer Max Savikangas and said these words to him.

15. But, truthfully, I don’t think the viola is a bluegrass instrument.

16. Well, that's how I feel about Jordi Savall, who - he's a guy, actually, who's best known for playing this antiquated, old instrument called the viola da gamba, the precursor to our modern-day cello.

17. Yesterday, the viola was the instrument I heard more than usual, and it was lovely, full, warm, and balanced with the others.

18. We agreed that the viola is the more full-bodied of the two instruments.

19. ‘Among the strings, there are twelve violins, two violas, four cellos, and two double basses.’

20. ‘The Octet is scored for flute, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano.’

21. ‘It is an all-string orchestra - violins, violas, cellos and double bass - based in Castlebar, but including players from around the county.’

22. ‘On this recording, there are nine violins, three violas, three cellos, a double bass, one flute, three oboes, one bassoon, three trumpets, a set of timpani, and a harpsichord.’

23. ‘It was the composers of the late 18th century who created the precursor of the modern orchestra based on a more standardized string group of two violin parts, violas, cellos, and double bass, still with a keyboard continuo.’

24. ‘I once tried to write a string quartet that eliminated violins completely - two violas and two cellos - before my professor made me revise it for the standard combo in the name of greater color variation.’

25. ‘Perversely, the massed violins, violas and cellos can sometimes sound uncannily like a lone synthesiser.’

26. ‘As the viola plays a fifth lower than the violin, last-minute transpositions and rethinkings of piano parts were necessary.’

27. ‘The best violins, violas and cellos were, for reasons inexplicable, made in Cremona between the middle of the 17th and 18th centuries by Antonio Stradivari, Giuseppe Guarneri and their teacher, Nicolo Amati.’

28. ‘They hope to take partygoers into the night with a medley of violins, violas, cellos and trumpets.’

29. ‘By the third movement, the violins and violas are passing like ships in the night, the double bass thudding against their hulls as if to mark their dimensional presence.’

30. ‘This instrument, designed by Shankar and built by Ken Parker, covers the entire orchestral range, including double-bass, cello, viola and violin.’

31. ‘Pizzicato is when violins, violas, or cellos are played without the bow by plucking the strings sharply.’

32. ‘The pupil's ensemble includes violins cellos and violas.’

33. ‘A small band consisting of two violins, a viola, and a cello played near the large glass doors that led to an outdoor veranda.’

34. ‘The superb string playing of the New World musicians and the beautifully articulated solos by the first chair violin, viola, and cello principals contributed to a deeply moving interpretation.’

35. ‘The orchestra itself (ten violins, three violas, etc.) is of a healthy (but not anachronistic) size - another plus to this recording.’

36. ‘She played four different instruments: Piano, violin, viola, and clarinet.’

37. ‘The performances he delivers are a testimony to his passion for the viola and string instruments in general.’

38. ‘This highly evocative work had a real African feel, conjuring up the jungle sounds of insects and birds on the flute with a tropical hum from the violin, viola and cello.’

39. ‘It may be a little early to start summer annuals, but pansies, violas, snapdragons, calendulas and more will go strong until June or even later if planted anew now.’

40. ‘Many flowers like bachelor's buttons, violas, calendula, pansies, & roses are edible as well as beautiful.’

41. ‘I plant pansies and violas, too, for color now and again in spring.’

42. ‘I also like one colour hanging baskets and tubs: there is nothing prettier than a burst of apricot pansies, lilac violas, or pink pelargoniums.’

43. ‘Wallflowers and sweet williams can also be planted out in a mild spell as can other spring bedding such as pansies, violas and primulas.’

44. ‘Hardy spring bedding such as forget-me-nots, primulas, wallflowers, sweet williams and violas can be planted to fill gaps left by the removal of summer bedding.’

45. ‘There are a number of cool-season vegetables to plant, along with flowers such as dianthus, petunias, snapdragons and violas.’

46. ‘Blue is a harder colour to find in the winter garden but appears in iris, cinerarias, pansies and violas.’

47. ‘Biennials such as forget-me-not, wallflowers, honesty, violas and pansies need to be sown as soon as possible if they are to have time to grow big enough for planting out in October.’

48. ‘The white winter flowering heather and pink cyclamen had faded but were soon replaced by violas, primulas and grape hyacinth.’

49. ‘Modern violas and pansies are hybrids of the old-fashioned heartsease viola tricolor, itself a fitting reminder of this romantic month of the year.’

50. ‘Seed catalogues can usually be relied upon to indicate which pansies and violas are good for most if not all the winters we are likely to experience.’

51. ‘Cottage gardens usually look their best in early summer, but do include plants that peak at different seasons such as early bulbs, wallflowers and violas for spring, plus penstemons, fuchsias and asters which flower into autumn.’

52. ‘We found some, but not the great swathes that we had hoped for, although we were rewarded by plenty of patches of bluebells, drifts of wood anemones, a glade with masses of milkmaids and lots of primroses, cowslips and violas and bugle.’

53. ‘Brightly coloured violas and begonias peek from every possible spot of dirt.’

54. ‘Tidy up winter containers by deadheading violas and cyclamen and removing dead leaves from ivy and other greenery.’

55. ‘In mild climates, many plants suitable for containers are sold in bloom in fall, including chrysanthemums and violas.’

56. ‘As the sun sets, white pumpkins and potted white violas capture the fading daylight as no color can.’

57. ‘I love it when I see violas peeking out around the leaves.’

58. ‘Deirdre brought out folding tables, covered them with linen tablecloths, and put a pot of white and blue violas on each table.’

59. the viola grew in the garden

Other users have misspelling viola as:

1. volo 19.79%

2. vola 7.29%

3. voola 3.13%

4. violar 3.13%

5. violou 3.13%

6. Other 63.53%

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