from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An obsolete double-reed instrument with a soft tone.
- n. A mute, especially one for a violin.
- n. A stop on an organ producing a low, muted tone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A muted trumpet.
- n. A mute; a damper.
- adj. Muffled, muted; subdued.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as mute, 3.
- n. In the harmonium, a mechanical stop whereby the supply of wind to the lower vibrators is partially cut off, and the playing of full chords softly is facilitated.
- Softly played; muted; pathetic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an organ stop resulting in a soft muted sound
- n. a mute for a violin
French, from Italian sordina, feminine of sordino, a mute, diminutive of sordo, deaf, mute; see sordino.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French sourdine. (Wiktionary)