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string bass

 (bās)

string bass

(beɪs)
n
(Instruments) another name for double bass

dou′ble bass′

(beɪs)
n.
the largest instrument of the violin family, having three or, usu., four strings, rested vertically on the floor when played.
[1720–30]
dou′ble bass′ist, n.
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Noun1.string bass - largest and lowest member of the violin familystring bass - largest and lowest member of the violin family
bass - the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
bowed stringed instrument, string - stringed instruments that are played with a bow; "the strings played superlatively well"
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