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bass 1

 (băs)
n. pl. bass or bass·es
1. Any of various North American freshwater fishes of the family Centrarchidae, especially the largemouth bass and the smallmouth bass.
2. Any of various marine fishes especially of the families Serranidae and Moronidae, and including the sea basses and the striped bass.

[Middle English *bars, perch, from Old English bærs.]

bass 2

 (bās)
n.
1.
a. A male singing voice of the lowest range.
b. A singer who has such a voice.
2. An instrument, especially a double bass or bass guitar, that produces tones in a low register.
3. A vocal or instrumental part written in a low register.
4. A low-pitched sound or tone: the deep bass of trucks braking on the highway nearby.
5. The tones in the lowest register of an instrument: a piano that is weak in the treble but has a very full sound in the bass.
adj.
1. Having a deep tone.
2. Low in pitch.

[Middle English bas, lowest musical part, from bas, low; see base2.]

bass

(beɪs)
n
1. (Music, other) the lowest adult male voice usually having a range from E a 13th below middle C to D a tone above it
2. (Music, other) a singer with such a voice
3. (Music, other) the bass the lowest part in a piece of harmony. See also thorough bass
4. (Instruments) informal short for bass guitar, double bass
5. (Electronics)
a. the low-frequency component of an electrical audio signal, esp in a record player or tape recorder
b. the knob controlling this on such an instrument
adj
6. (Music, other) relating to or denoting the bass: bass pitch; the bass part.
7. (Instruments) denoting the lowest and largest instrument in a family: a bass trombone.
[C15 bas base1; modern spelling influenced by basso]

bass

(bæs)
n
1. (Animals) any of various sea perches, esp Morone labrax, a popular game fish with one large spiny dorsal fin separate from a second smaller one. See also sea bass, stone bass
2. (Animals) the European perch. See perch21
3. (Animals) any of various predatory North American freshwater percoid fishes, such as Micropterus salmoides (largemouth bass): family Centrarchidae (sunfishes, etc)
[C15: changed from base2, influenced by Italian basso low]

bass

(bæs)
n
1. (Botany) another name for bast1
2. (Plants) short for basswood
3. (Angling) Also called: fish bass a bast fibre bag for holding an angler's catch
[C17: changed from bast]

bass1

(beɪs)

adj.
1. low in pitch; of the lowest pitch or range.
2. of or pertaining to the lowest part in harmonic music.
n.
3. the bass part.
4. a bass voice, singer, or instrument.
[1400–50; late Middle English, variant of base2 with ss of basso]
bass′ness, n.

bass2

(bæs)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) bass, (esp. for kinds or species) bass•es.
any of numerous edible, spiny-finned, freshwater or marine fishes of the families Serranidae and Centrarchidae.
[1375–1425; late Middle English bas, earlier bærs, Old English bærs, c. Middle Dutch, Middle High German bars]

bass3

(bæs)

n.
1. bast.
[1685–95; variant of bast]

bass

base

These words are both usually pronounced /beɪs/.

1. 'bass'

A bass is a male singer who can sing very low notes.

...the great Russian bass Chaliapin.

A bass saxophone, guitar, or other musical instrument is one that has a lower range of notes than other instruments of its kind.

The girl vocalist had been joined by the lead and bass guitars.

A bass is also an edible fish that is found in rivers and the sea. There are several types of bass.

They unloaded their catch of cod and bass.

Be Careful!
Note that this sense of the word bass is pronounced /bæs/.

2. 'base'

The base of something is its lowest edge or part.

...the switch on the lamp base.
I had back pain starting at the base of my spine and shooting up it.

bass

The lowest male voice, a true bass not only reaches low notes, but also has a deep quality. Although often given long low notes, the bass can be as vocally agile as any other singer.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bass - the lowest part of the musical rangebass - the lowest part of the musical range
pitch - the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
2.bass - the lowest part in polyphonic music
part, voice - the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music; "he tried to sing the tenor part"
ground bass - a short melody in the bass that is constantly repeated
basso continuo, continuo, figured bass, thorough bass - a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played
3.bass - an adult male singer with the lowest voicebass - an adult male singer with the lowest voice
singer, vocalist, vocalizer, vocaliser - a person who sings
4.bass - the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidaebass - the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae
sea bass - any of various food and sport fishes of the Atlantic coast of the United States having an elongated body and long spiny dorsal fin
saltwater fish - flesh of fish from the sea used as food
striped bass, striper - caught along the Atlantic coast of the United States
5.bass - any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)bass - any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)
freshwater bass - North American food and game fish
freshwater fish - flesh of fish from fresh water used as food
largemouth bass - flesh of largemouth bass
smallmouth bass - flesh of smallmouth bass
6.bass - the lowest adult male singing voicebass - the lowest adult male singing voice
singing voice - the musical quality of the voice while singing
basso profundo - a very deep bass voice
7.bass - the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instrumentsbass - the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
bull fiddle, contrabass, double bass, string bass, bass fiddle, bass viol - largest and lowest member of the violin family
bass guitar - the guitar with six strings that has the lowest pitch
bass horn, sousaphone, tuba - the lowest brass wind instrument
bombard, bombardon - a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family
musical instrument, instrument - any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
8.bass - nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishesbass - nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishes
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
freshwater bass - North American food and game fish
Adj.1.bass - having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range; "a deep voice"; "a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice"; "a bass clarinet"
low-pitched, low - used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency

bass

adjective deep, low, resonant, sonorous, low-pitched, deep-toned a bass guitar

bass

adjective
Being a sound produced by a relatively small frequency of vibrations:
Translations
الـجَهِيرسَمَك ذِئْب البَحْر: القاروسمُغَنٍ جَهير الصَّوْت
basbasabasistaokoun
basbasstemmehavaborrebars
basa
basso
basgrgeč
bassi, bassaröddvartari
バス
베이스
bassus
asarisbass
basbasistaostriež
basbasovski
bas
นักร้องโทนเสียงต่ำ
baskalın seslevrek
giọng nam trầm

bass

1 [beɪs] (Mus)
A. ADJbajo
B. N (= voice, singer, guitar) → bajo m; (= double bass) → contrabajo m
C. CPD bass baritone Nbarítono m bajo
bass clef Nclave f de fa
bass drum Nbombo m
bass flute Nflauta f contralto
bass guitar Nbajo m
bass horn Ntrompa f baja
bass strings NPLinstrumentos mpl de cuerda bajos
bass trombone Ntrombón m bajo
bass tuba Ntuba f
bass viol Nviola f de gamba baja

bass

2 [bæs] N (= fish) → róbalo m

bass

[ˈbæs ˈbeɪs] n
(= instrument) → basse f
He plays the bass → Il joue de la basse. double bass
(= singer) → basse f (= voice) → voix f de basse
He's a bass → Il est basse.
[stereo] → basse f
Turn down the bass → Baisse les basses.
(= sea fish) → bar m, loup m (= river fish) → perche fbass clef [ˌbeɪsˈklɛf] nclé f de fabass drum [ˌbeɪsˈdrʌm] ngrosse caisse fbasset hound [ˈbæsɪthaʊnd] nbasset mbass guitar [ˌbeɪsgɪˈtɑːr] nguitare f bassebass guitarist nbassiste mf

bass

:
bass clef
bass drum

bass

1 (Mus)
nBass m
adjBass-

bass

2
n pl <-(es)> (= fish)(Wolfs)barsch m

bass

1 [beɪs] (Mus)
1. adjbasso/a
2. n (voice) → voce f di basso; (singer) → basso; (double bass) → contrabbasso; (guitar) → basso (elettrico); (on hi-fi) → basso

bass

2 [bæs] n (fish, freshwater) → pesce m persico; (seawater) → spigola

bass1

(beis) plural ˈbasses noun
(a singer having) a male voice of the lowest pitch.

bass2

(bӕs) plural bass (rare) ˈbasses noun
a type of fish of the perch family.

bass

الـجَهِير bas bas Bass μπάσο bajo basso basse bas basso バス 베이스 bas havabbor bas baixo бас bas นักร้องโทนเสียงต่ำ bas giọng nam trầm 男低音
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Lifting his hand to his head, the absent-minded Professor gravely felt and removed the little cocked hat, looked at it a minute, and then threw back his head and laughed like a merry bass viol.
Judge not too rashly from hasty and deceptive appearances," said the lady, smiling; "though Major Heyward can assume such deep notes on occasion, believe me, his natural tones are better fitted for a mellow tenor than the bass you heard.
He is playing a bass part upon his cello, and so the excitement is nothing to him; no matter what happens in the treble, it is his task to saw out one long-drawn and lugubrious note after another, from four o'clock in the afternoon until nearly the same hour next morning, for his third of the total income of one dollar per hour.
In the distance, one could see a long wavering line of torches drifting down the main street, and could hear the throbbing of the bass drum, the clash of cymbals, the squeaking of a fife or two, and the faint roar of remote hurrahs.
Joe had not had time to get impatient before they were back again with some handsome bass, a couple of sun-perch and a small catfish -- provisions enough for quite a family.
HE, for it was a man, turned his head slowly towards where I stood, and having examined me with the two inquisitive-looking grey eyes which twinkled under a pair of bushy brows, said solemnly, and in a bass voice, "Her size is small: what is her age?
We got rid of all gloom in the excitement of the exercise, and our pleasure was increased by the arrival of the Gimmerton band, mustering fifteen strong: a trumpet, a trombone, clarionets, bassoons, French horns, and a bass viol, besides singers.
When he opened his lips, he spoke in a rich bass voice, with an easy flow of language, and a strict attention to the elocutionary claims of words in more than one syllable.
For they were a musical family, and knew what they were about, when they sung a Glee or Catch, I can assure you: especially Topper, who could growl away in the bass like a good one, and never swell the large veins in his forehead, or get red in the face over it.
Wopsle taking the bass, and asserting with a tremendously strong voice (in reply to the inquisitive bore who leads that piece of music in a most impertinent manner, by wanting to know all about everybody's private affairs) that he was the man with his white locks flowing, and that he was upon the whole the weakest pilgrim going.
I ran sideling upon it, that way and this, as fast as I could, banging the proper keys with my two sticks, and made a shift to play a jig, to the great satisfaction of both their majesties; but it was the most violent exercise I ever underwent; and yet I could not strike above sixteen keys, nor consequently play the bass and treble together, as other artists do; which was a great disadvantage to my performance.
The others all joined in the chorus, from Will Scarlet's baritone to Friar Tuck's heavy bass.