stringed instrument

Definitions of stringed instrument
  1. noun
    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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