root position


noun Music.

the position of a triad in which the root is in the bass.

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Origin of root position

First recorded in 1890–95
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root position

noun

music the vertical distribution of the written notes of a chord in which the root of the chord is in the bassSee position (def. 12a), inversion (def. 5a)
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