figured bass(redirected from Thorough-bass)
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[From the numerals written underneath the notes.]
(Music, other) a shorthand method of indicating a thorough-bass part in which each bass note is accompanied by figures indicating the intervals to be played in the chord above it in the realization
n., pl. -tin•u•os.
a musical keyboard accompaniment in unrealized form consisting of a series of bass notes whose chordal harmonies are indicated by numerals.Also called figured bass .
[1715–25; < Italian: literally, continuous]