double bass

[ beys ]

  1. 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

Other words from double bass

  • 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.

    The Goldilocks of Black Holes | Matthew R. Francis | August 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Mr. Betts, of London, had one for which he refused the enormous sum of £500, and Dragonetti also refused £800 for a double bass.

  • In his younger days he also played the double-bass and played at the provincial Musical Festivals of 1871 and 1874.

  • And she thinks she is serious all the time with her great boots and her great double-bass and her French horns.

    Dodo's Daughter | E. F. Benson
  • Edith leaned over the terrace wall, and took the double-bass bow out of the tall clump of sweet peas.

    Dodo's Daughter | E. F. Benson
  • Don't mind the scales and the double-bass, dear Dr. Cardew; it is only Mrs. Arbuthnot, of whom you have heard.

    Dodo's Daughter | E. F. Benson

British Dictionary definitions for double bass

double bass

/ (beɪs) /

  1. 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

  1. 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

double bass

Another name for the bass viol.

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