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- n. A stringed instrument built by members of the Stradivari family, particularly Antonio Stradivari.
- n. A violin made by another manufacturer, named to capitalise on the fame of the instruments made by Antonio Stradivari
- n. A name invoked as a standard of excellence in unrelated fields
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Italian violin maker who developed the modern violin and created violins of unequaled tonal quality (1644?-1737)
They were researching the word Stradivarius and 1698, the year the violin was made.
The instrument is known as a Stradivarius because the Italian craftsman Stradivari put a Latinized version of his name on the labels.
Plus the word Stradivarius is sexy, in my opinion.
These men and women logged decades pressing, soldering and buffing - making trombones and trumpets of such sinuous precision they are called the Stradivarius of brass.
Eliot's poem "Stradivarius", the gist of which is that God himself might conceivably make better fiddles than Stradivari's, but by no means certainly; since, as a fact, God orders his best fiddles of Stradivari.
Every "Stradivarius" now in existence is worth from three to ten thousand dollars, or several times its weight in gold.
Some consider him to be the "Stradivarius" of builders; he only makes a few a year.
Robert Bailey A Lady Blunt Stradivarius sale is to help tsunami and quake victims.
For the record, Mr. Perlman plays both—a 1734 Guarneri and a 1714 Stradivarius once owned by Yehudi Menuhin.
They just broadcast The Lost Stradivarius by him; and you can listen to The Nebuly Coat here, under Completed Novels.
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