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The bridge of a violin does the same thing as the bridges of most other stringed instruments, including the piano, guitar, uke, bass, harpsicord, crwd, etc. It raises the strings from the soundboard or resonating chamber, and it also transfers the vibrating energy of the string to the soundboard or resonating chamber. In the case of bowed instruments like the violin, it also places the strings along an arc (the upper edge of the bridge) so that they are not co-planar. If they were co-planar, you could never get the bow to make one string resonate while leaving the others untouched.