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con·tra·bass

 (kŏn′trə-bās′)
adj.
Pitched an octave below the normal bass range.

[Obsolete Italian contrabasso : Italian contra-, against (from Latin contrā-; see contra-) + Italian basso, bass (from Medieval Latin bassus, low).]

con′tra·bass′ist n.

contrabass

(ˌkɒntrəˈbeɪs)
n
1. (Instruments) a member of any of various families of musical instruments that is lower in pitch than the bass
2. (Instruments) another name for double bass
adj
(Instruments) of or denoting the instrument of a family that is lower than the bass
contrabassist n

con•tra•bass

(ˈkɒn trəˌbeɪs)

n. adj.
2. pitched an octave below the bass in a family of instruments.
[1590–1600; < Italian contrabbasso=contra- contra-2 + basso bass1]
con′tra•bass`ist (-ˌbeɪ sɪst, -ˌbæs ɪst) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contrabass - largest and lowest member of the violin familycontrabass - 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"
Adj.1.contrabass - pitched an octave below normal bass instrumental or vocal range; "contrabass or double-bass clarinet"
low-pitched, low - used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency
Translations

contrabass

[ˌkɒntrəˈbeɪs] Ncontrabajo m
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Only the groaning of the first violins (at times unbearably Out of tune) and the grating sawing of the contrabasses were audible; at times the rolls of the timpani drowned everything out, or the brass mournfully howled .
Sometime in the 19th century, some enterprising soul realized that mandolins could be built in different sizes and grouped just like bowed string instruments: mandolinas for violas, mandocellos for cellos, mandobasses for contrabasses.
With the RP-955 the fanfare rang out with remarkable clarity before the contrabasses chum-chum-chummed into the false recapitulation of the second theme.