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thor·ough·bass

or thor·ough bass  (thûr′ō-bās′, thûr′ə-, thŭr′-)
n.

[thorough, through and through + bass.]
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thorough bass

(beɪs)
n
(Classical Music) Also called: basso continuo or continuo (esp during the baroque period) a bass part underlying a piece of concerted music. It is played on a keyboard instrument, usually supported by a cello, viola da gamba, etc. See also figured bass
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Noun1.thorough bass - 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
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