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bass1 / bās/ • n. a voice, instrument, or sound of the lowest range, in particular: ∎  the lowest adult male singing voice. ∎  [as adj.] denoting the member of a family of instruments that is the lowest in pitch: a bass clarinet a bass drum. ∎ inf. a bass guitar or double bass. ∎  the low-frequency output of a radio or audio system, corresponding to the bass in music. bass2 / bas/ • n. (pl. same or basses ) 1. the common European freshwater perch. 2. any of a number of fish similar to or related to this, in particular: ∎  a mainly marine fish found in temperate waters (family Percichthyidae or Moronidae). ∎  an American fish (genera Ambloplites and Micropterus) of the freshwater sunfish family. ∎  a sea bass. bass3 / bas/ • n. another term for bast.

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bass

bass Term denoting low or deep pitch. It is used of the lowest-pitched part of a composition, or the lowest-pitched member of a family of instruments. It applies to the deepest male singing voice. The bass line in a composition is the bottom note of a chord or the lowest line in polyphony.

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bass.
1. Lowest male voice—see basso.

2. Lowest note or part in a chord.

3. Lowest regions of mus. pitch.

4. Lowest of a family of instr., as shown in entries below.

5. Colloquialism for (in sym. orchs.) the db., and (in military and brass bands) the bombardon.

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bass (in music)

bass (bās), in musical harmony, the part of lowest pitch. The term is used for the lowest-pitched male voice and for instruments of low pitch, such as bass clarinet, bass drum, bassoon (bass oboe), and bass trombone.

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bass

bass3 deep-sounding; (mus.) of the lowest part. XV. orig. identical in form and still in pronunc. with BASE2; from XVI assim. in form to It. BASSO.

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