the largest instrument of the violin family, having three or, usually, four strings, rested vertically on the floor when played.
- double bassist, noun
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How to use double bass in a sentence
If a stellar-mass black hole is a violin, an IMBH is a double bass.
Mr. Betts, of London, had one for which he refused the enormous sum of £500, and Dragonetti also refused £800 for a double bass.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
In his younger days he also played the double-bass and played at the provincial Musical Festivals of 1871 and 1874.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
And she thinks she is serious all the time with her great boots and her great double-bass and her French horns.
Edith leaned over the terrace wall, and took the double-bass bow out of the tall clump of sweet peas.
Don't mind the scales and the double-bass, dear Dr. Cardew; it is only Mrs. Arbuthnot, of whom you have heard.
British Dictionary definitions for double bass
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 pizzicato: Informal name: bass fiddle
of or relating to an instrument whose pitch lies below that regarded as the bass; contrabass
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Cultural definitions for double bass
Another name for the bass viol.
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