contrabass

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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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Richard explains: "The orchestra is interesting because there are six harps sitting next to each other - it's quite an impressive sight - and there is also a bass trumpet and a contra bass trombone, which have a very deep sounds.
It is a European wind band arrangement, so be aware that the trumpet parts are for C trumpet, the tuba/ bass and contra bass parts are pitched in Bb and the euphonium part is written in treble clef.
They also visited a contra bass player, who is an old friend of the couple living in suburbs of the city.