Definition of Purfling

1. n. Ornamentation on the border of a thing; specifically, the inlaid border of a musical instrument, as a violin.



Definition of Purfling

1. Noun. (music especially lutherie) Two very narrow strips of black wood enclosing a lighter-coloured strip of wood set close to the edge of the top and back of a string instrument such as a violin, cello or a guitar, following its outline. Double, painted-on and decorative patterns of purfling are also found. ¹

2. Verb. (present participle of purfle) ¹

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Definition of Purfling

1. an ornamental border [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Purfling

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Literary usage of Purfling

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1. Violins and Other Stringed Instruments: How to Make Them ; with Numerous by Paul Nooncree Hasluck (1907)
"Another purfling Gauge. the instrument, being very careful not to cut too deep ... The wood between the lines can then be picked out with a bent purfling ..."

2. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1889): ...edited by Sir by George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland (1890)
"Only a single strip of purfling is usually employed ; but double purfling, which in general injures the tone without improving the looks of an instrument, ..."

3. The Contemporary Review (1873)
"The purfling consists of three thread-like pieces of wood, two of ebony, the centre one of sycamore, inlaid near the edge and following the lines of the ..."

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