A large stringed instrument; seated player holds it upright while playing; SYN. violoncello.
Common abbreviation for violoncello, tenor member of the violin family and fourth member of the string quartet. Its solo potential was recognized by J S Bach, and a concerto repertoire extends from Haydn (who also gave the cello a leading role in his string quartets), and Boccherini to Dvorák, Elgar, Britten, Ligeti, and Lukas Foss. The Bachianas Brasilieras 1 by Villa-Lobos is scored for eight cellos, and Boulez’s Messagesquisse 1977 for seven cellos.
Full name of the cello, tenor member of the violin family.
ETYM Old Eng. browe, bruwe, AS. broe; akin to AS. broew, breáw, eyelid, OFries. brę, Dutch braauw, Icel. brâ, brân, Old High Germ. prâwa, German braue.
The part of the face above the eyes; SYN. forehead.
1. The front of that part of the head which incloses the brain; that part of the face above the eyes; the brow.
2. The front or fore part of anything.
ETYM French frant forehead, Latin frons, frontis; perh. akin to Eng. brow.
1. The part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer.
2. The side that is forward or prominent; SYN. front end, forepart.
3. The side that is seen or that goes first.
4. The outward appearance of a person.
5. The atmospheric phenomenon created at the boundary between two different air masses.
6. A sphere of activity involving effort.
In meteorology, the boundary between two air masses of different temperature or humidity. A cold front marks the line of advance of a cold air mass from below, as it displaces a warm air mass; a warm front marks the advance of a warm air mass as it rises up over a cold one. Frontal systems define the weather of the mid-latitudes, where warm tropical air is constantly meeting cold air from the poles.
Warm air, being lighter, tends to rise above the cold; its moisture is carried upward and usually falls as rain or snow, hence the changeable weather conditions at fronts. Fronts are rarely stable and move with the air mass. An occluded front is a composite form, where a cold front catches up with a warm front and merges with it.