figured bass

[beys]

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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