- (in any family of instruments) the member below the bass.
- (in the violin family) the double bass.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of such instruments: a contrabass trombone.
Origin of contrabass
From Italian, dating back to 1590–1600; see origin at contrabasso
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Examples from the Web for contrabass
For military purposes, this and the contrabass—the helicon—are circular.
Darwin had the contrabass played to an audience of sprouting garden-beans, in order to observe the effect of music on vegetation.The Quest
Frederik van Eeden
As a contrabass to the rhythm of the blacksmiths hammer, the booming murmur of the sea trembled across the summer air.
Down the shaded street the metallic rhythm of the anvil was breaking through the contrabass of the surf.
The tone was pleasant and full, but not powerful enough for the contrabass register in a military band.
- a member of any of various families of musical instruments that is lower in pitch than the bass
- another name for double bass
- of or denoting the instrument of a family that is lower than the bass
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