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Dictionary Definition

bass adj : having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range; "a deep voice"; "a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice"; "a bass clarinet" [syn: deep]


1 the lowest part of the musical range
2 the lowest part in polyphonic music [syn: bass part]
3 an adult male singer with the lowest voice [syn: basso]
4 the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae [syn: sea bass]
5 any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus) [syn: freshwater bass]
6 the lowest adult male singing voice [syn: bass voice, basso]
7 the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
8 nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishes

User Contributed Dictionary

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Etymology 1

basso, low, from bassus


  • , /beɪs/, /beIs/
Homophone: base


  1. Of sound, a voice or an instrument, low in pitch or frequency.
    The giant spoke in a deep, bass, rumbling voice that shook me to my boots.
low in pitch


  1. A low spectrum of sound tones.
    Peter adjusted the equalizer on his audio equipment to emphasize the bass.
  2. A section of musical group that produces low-pitched sound, lower than tenor.
    The conductor preferred to situate the bass in the middle rear, rather than to one side of the orchestra.
  3. A male singer who sings in the bass range.
    Halfway through middle school, Edgar morphed from a soprano to a bass, much to the amazement and amusement of his fellow choristers.
  4. An instrument that plays in the bass range, in particular a double bass, bass guitar, electric bass or bass synthesiser.
    The musician swung the bass over his head like an axe and smashed it into the amplifier, creating a discordant howl of noise.
  5. The clef sign that indicates that the pitch of the notes is below middle C; a bass clef.
    The score had been written without the treble and bass, but it was easy to pick out which was which based on the location of the notes on the staff.
low spectrum of sound
section of musical group
musical instrument
clef sign

Etymology 2

Alteration of ''barse.


  • , /bæs/, /b

Extensive Definition

Bass or Basses may refer to:

Music and other sound

Musical instruments

Musical genres

Other musical areas

People with the surname Bass



bass in Bulgarian: Бас
bass in German: Bass
bass in Korean: 베이스
bass in Croatian: Bas
bass in Icelandic: Bassi
bass in Italian: Basso
bass in Hebrew: בס
bass in Japanese: ベース
bass in Polish: Bas
bass in Romanian: Bas (dezambiguizare)
bass in Russian: Бас (значения)
bass in Sicilian: Bassu
bass in Simple English: Bass (disambiguation)
bass in Slovenian: Bas (razločitev)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

A string, Amati, Cremona, D string, E string, G string, Heldentenor, Meistersinger, Strad, Stradivari, Stradivarius, accompaniment, alto, aria singer, baritenor, baritone, bass viol, basso, basso buffo, basso cantante, basso continuo, basso ostinato, basso profundo, bassus, blues singer, bourdon, bow, bravura, bridge, bull fiddle, burden, canary, cantatrice, canto, cantor, cantus, cantus figuratus, cantus planus, caroler, cello, chanter, chantress, chest voice, choral, choric, coloratura, coloratura soprano, comic bass, continuo, contrabass, contralto, countertenor, crooner, crowd, deep, deep bass, deep-echoing, deep-pitched, deep-toned, deepmouthed, descant, diva, double bass, dramatic, dramatic soprano, drone, drone bass, falsetto, fiddle, fiddlebow, fiddlestick, figured bass, fingerboard, grave, ground bass, head voice, heavy, heroic, heroic tenor, hollow, hymnal, hymner, improvisator, kit, kit fiddle, kit violin, lead singer, lieder singer, line, liturgical, low, low-pitched, lyric, melodist, mezzo-soprano, opera singer, operatic, part, plain chant, plain song, prick song, prima donna, psalm singer, psalmic, psalmodial, psalmodic, rock-and-roll singer, sacred, scroll, sepulchral, singer, singing, singstress, songbird, songster, songstress, soprano, soundboard, string, tenor, tenor violin, thorough bass, torch singer, treble, tuning peg, undersong, viola, violin, violinette, violoncello, violoncello piccolo, violone, violotta, vocal, vocalist, vocalizer, voce, voce di petto, voce di testa, voice, voice part, warbler, yodeler
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