ground bass

[ beys ]
/ beɪs /

noun Music.

a short fundamental bass part continually repeated throughout a movement.

Origin of ground bass

First recorded in 1690–1700 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for ground bass

  • So lonely was it, so plunged in a ground-bass of silence; so much too big and permanent for any figure of man.

    The Freelands|John Galsworthy
  • It is the ground-bass of love, however transcendentalised, and whether it give birth to children or ideas.

    A Poor Man's House|Stephen Sydney Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for ground bass

ground bass


/ (beɪs) /


music a short melodic bass line that is repeated over and over again
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