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figured bass

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noun Music.
  1. a bass part in which the notes have numbers under them indicating the chords to be played.
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Origin of figured bass

First recorded in 1795–1805
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British Dictionary definitions for figured bass

figured bass

noun
  1. a shorthand method of indicating a thorough-bass part in which each bass note is accompanied by figures indicating the intervals to be played in the chord above it in the realization
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