- low in pitch; of the lowest pitch or range: a bass voice; a bass instrument.
- of or relating to the lowest part in harmonic music.
- the bass part.
- a bass voice, singer, or instrument.
- double bass.
Origin of bass1
- any of numerous edible, spiny-finned, freshwater or marine fishes of the families Serranidae and Centrarchidae.
- (originally) the European perch, Perca fluviatilis.
Origin of bass2
Origin of bass3
- Sam,1851–78, U.S. outlaw: bank and train robber in the West.
Examples from the Web for bass
He captures Ramone and his second wife, Barbara, together in the studio in one photo, him on bass, her on guitar.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
I watch football, basketball, and hockey on TV and sometimes “The Bass Pros” on Outdoor Channel.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
P. J. O’Rourke
December 13, 2014
It was one night, with Tony Williams on drums and, I think, Richard Davis on bass.Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
There, he teamed up with a bass player and a guitar player, and they formed a three-piece band.Miles Teller’s Movie Star Moment: From the Brink of Death to ‘Whiplash’
October 14, 2014
She looked through his list of potential song titles and came across one called “Treble Bass.”‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
October 7, 2014
Restoring the ham to its nest behind his feet, Joe finished the bottle of Bass.The Burning Spear
The harmonies which you mean are the mixed or tenor Lydian, and the full-toned or bass Lydian, and such like.The Republic
He heard a bass grumble from Mr. Ginn and Azuba's shrill reply.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
She doesn't know a fugue from a bass viol, and she never hesitates to say so.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
In the lower the notes are arranged according to the bass clef.Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook
- the lowest adult male voice usually having a range from E a 13th below middle C to D a tone above it
- a singer with such a voice
- the bass the lowest part in a piece of harmonySee also thorough bass
- informal short for bass guitar, double bass
- the low-frequency component of an electrical audio signal, esp in a record player or tape recorder
- the knob controlling this on such an instrument
- relating to or denoting the bassbass pitch; the bass part
- denoting the lowest and largest instrument in a familya bass trombone
- any of various sea perches, esp Morone labrax, a popular game fish with one large spiny dorsal fin separate from a second smaller oneSee also sea bass, stone bass
- the European perchSee perch 2 (def. 1)
- any of various predatory North American freshwater percoid fishes, such as Micropterus salmoides, (largemouth bass): family Centrarchidae (sunfishes, etc)
Word Origin and History for bass
late 14c., of things, "low, not high," from Late Latin bassus "short, low" (see base (adj.)). Meaning "low in social scale or rank" is recorded from late 14c. Of voices and music notes, from mid-15c. (technically, ranging from the E flat below the bass stave to the F above it), infuenced by Italian basso. Meaning "lowest part of a harmonized musical composition" is from mid-15c. Meaning "bass-viol" is from 1702; that of "double-bass" is from 1927.
freshwater fish, early 15c. corruption of Old English bærs "a fish, perch," from Proto-Germanic base *bars- "sharp" (cf. Middle Dutch baerse, Middle High German bars, German Barsch "perch," German barsch "rough"), from PIE root *bhar- "point, bristle" (see bristle (n.)). The fish was so called for its dorsal fins. For loss of -r-, cf. ass (n.2).