stringed instrument

DEFINITIONS OF: stringed instrument

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n a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound

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banjo
a stringed instrument of the guitar family that has long neck and circular body
bowed stringed instrument, string
stringed instruments that are played with a bow
chordophone
a stringed instrument of the group including harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers
clavichord
an early stringed instrument like a piano but with more delicate sound
Klavier, clavier
a stringed instrument that has a keyboard
dulcimer
a stringed instrument used in American folk music; an elliptical body and a fretted fingerboard and three strings
guitar
a stringed instrument usually having six strings; played by strumming or plucking
koto
Japanese stringed instrument that resembles a zither; has a rectangular wooden sounding board and usually 13 silk strings that are plucked with the fingers
forte-piano, piano, pianoforte
a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
psaltery
an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre or zither but having a trapezoidal sounding board under the strings
samisen, shamisen
a Japanese stringed instrument resembling a banjo with a long neck and three strings and a fretted fingerboard and a rectangular soundbox; played with a plectrum
sitar
a stringed instrument of India; has a long neck and movable frets; has 6 or 7 metal strings for playing and usually 13 resonating strings
cither, zither, zithern
a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding board; it is laid flat and played with a plectrum and with fingers
acoustic guitar
sound is not amplified by electrical means
balalaika
a stringed instrument that has a triangular body and three strings
bass fiddle, bass viol, bull fiddle, contrabass, double bass, string bass
largest and lowest member of the violin family
bass guitar
the guitar with six strings that has the lowest pitch
cello, violoncello
a large stringed instrument; seated player holds it upright while playing
cither, cithern, citole, cittern, gittern
a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings
dulcimer
a trapezoidal zither whose metal strings are struck with light hammers
electric guitar
a guitar whose sound is amplified by electrical means
grand, grand piano
a piano with the strings on a horizontal harp-shaped frame; usually supported by three legs
harp
a chordophone that has a triangular frame consisting of a sounding board and a pillar and a curved neck; the strings stretched between the neck and the soundbox are plucked with the fingers
cembalo, harpsichord
a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots
Hawaiian guitar, steel guitar
guitar whose steel strings are twanged while being pressed with a movable steel bar for a glissando effect
lute
chordophone consisting of a plucked instrument having a pear-shaped body, a usually bent neck, and a fretted fingerboard
mandolin
a stringed instrument related to the lute, usually played with a plectrum
Pianola, mechanical piano, player piano
a mechanically operated piano that uses a roll of perforated paper to activate the keys
uke, ukulele
a small guitar having four strings
upright, upright piano
a piano with a vertical sounding board
viol
any of a family of bowed stringed instruments that preceded the violin family
viola
a bowed stringed instrument slightly larger than a violin, tuned a fifth lower
fiddle, violin
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
Type of:
instrument, musical instrument
any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
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