from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A 16-foot organ stop yielding stringlike tones similar to those of a cello.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An early stringed instrument similar to a double bass; a double bass viol
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The largest instrument of the bass-viol kind, having strings tuned an octave below those of the violoncello; the contrabasso; -- called also double bass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The largest of the medieval viols; a double-bass viol.
- n. In organ-building, a pedal stop of sixteenfeet tone, resembling the violoncello.
Italian, augmentative of viola, viola; see viola1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)