American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A four-stringed musical instrument of the violin family, pitched lower than the viola but higher than the double bass.
- n. Cellophane.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abbreviation of violoncello: often written 'cello.
- n. music A large stringed instrument of the violin family with four strings. (From lowest to highest C-G-D-A)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A contraction for violoncello.
- n. a large stringed instrument; seated player holds it upright while playing
- Short for violoncello. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Tracks from his new album contain cello samples and references to Italian Vogue.”
“I have odd taste in music, a friend introduced me to Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and I love Apocalyptica's cello Metallica covers ( "One" on cello is pure win).”
“Star Wars-3 New in cello pack Pez: Leia, Chewbacca, Vader”
“(Soundbite of music) HANSEN: In a previous interview, you had told the interviewer that the cello was actually vital to your physical health.”
“Rostropovich called the cello "a hero in our times" and you can hear that same philosophy in Maisky's playing.”
“Pablo Casals, the world-famous cellist, who chose life-long exile from his native Spain because of the fascist dictator who ruled the beloved country of his birth, said this: "My cello is my weapon; I choose where I play, when I play, and before whom I play.”
“And I also felt that there was a very lovely, metaphorical connection, since the cello is originally inspired by the human form -- especially the female form -- so I start out embracing the cello, which is based on the human body, and then I [begin to] embrace the human body directly, in the form of a corpse.”
“Greenhouse continues to perform and teach, and his cello has been a constant companion.”
“When I heard Han-Na Chang incidentally, a Rostropovich protegee play in Verbier 4-5 years back, it hit me between the eyes that the cello is the most beautiful and expressive instrument on the planet.”
“It was not lost on her that the one person in the post who was wholly unmoved by the rich, sad sounds of the cello was her husband-to-be, Charles Bent, who generally did his accounts just before dinner—Charlie let nothing interfere with the vital work of his accounts.”
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