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1. An obsolete double-reed instrument with a soft tone.
2. A mute, especially one for a violin.
3. A stop on an organ producing a low, muted tone.
[French, from Italian sordina, feminine of sordino, a mute, diminutive of sordo, deaf, mute; see sordino.]
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1. (Instruments) a soft stop on an organ or harmonium
2. (Instruments) another word for sordino
[C17 (meaning: a muted trumpet): from French: a mute, from Italian; see sordino]
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|Noun||1.||sourdine - a mute for a violin |
mute - a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument
|2.||sourdine - an organ stop resulting in a soft muted sound|
organ stop - a graduated set of organ pipes of like tone quality
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