double bass

[ beys ]
/ beɪs /

noun

the largest instrument of the violin family, having three or, usually, four strings, rested vertically on the floor when played.

Origin of double bass

First recorded in 1720–30

Related forms

double bassist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for double bass

double bass

/ (beɪs) /

noun

Also called (US): bass viol a stringed instrument, the largest and lowest member of the violin family. Range: almost three octaves upwards from E in the space between the fourth and fifth leger lines below the bass staff. It is normally bowed in classical music, but it is very common in a jazz or dance band, where it is practically always played pizzicatoInformal name: bass fiddle

adjective double-bass

of or relating to an instrument whose pitch lies below that regarded as the bass; contrabass
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Culture definitions for double bass

double bass


Another name for the bass viol.

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