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n. pl. con·tin·u·os
An independent bassline, usually realized on a keyboard instrument, in which numerals written underneath the notes indicate the kinds of harmony to be played. Also called basso continuo, figured bass, thoroughbass.

[Italian, from Latin continuus, continuous; see continue.]


n, pl -os
1. (Instruments) music
a. a shortened form of basso continuo. See thorough bass
b. (as modifier): a continuo accompaniment.
2. (Classical Music) the thorough-bass part as played on a keyboard instrument, often supported by a cello, bassoon, etc
[Italian, literally: continuous]


(kənˈtɪn yuˌoʊ)

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.continuo - a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played
bass part, bass - the lowest part in polyphonic music


[kənˈtɪnjʊəʊ] Ncontinuo m


nContinuo nt; to play the continuoContinuo spielen
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