Definitions for: Bass


[n] nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishes
[n] the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
[n] the lowest part of the musical range
[n] the lowest adult male singing voice
[n] the lowest part in polyphonic music
[n] any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)
[n] the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae
[n] an adult male singer with the lowest voice
[adj] having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range; "a deep voice"; "a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice"; "a bass clarinet"



Webster (1913) Definition: Bass, n.; pl. Bass, and sometimes Basses. [A
corruption of barse.] (Zo["o]l.)
1. An edible, spiny-finned fish, esp. of the genera Roccus,
Labrax, and related genera. There are many species.

Note: The common European bass is Labrax lupus. American
species are: the striped bass (Roccus lineatus);
white or silver bass of the lakes. (R. chrysops);
brass or yellow bass (R. interruptus).

2. The two American fresh-water species of black bass (genus
Micropterus). See Black bass.

3. Species of Serranus, the sea bass and rock bass. See
Sea bass.

4. The southern, red, or channel bass (Sci[ae]na ocellata).
See Redfish.

Note: The name is also applied to many other fishes. See
Calico bass, under Calico.


Bass, n. [A corruption of bast.]
1. (Bot.) The linden or lime tree, sometimes wrongly called
whitewood; also, its bark, which is used for making
mats. See Bast.

2. (Pron. ?) A hassock or thick mat.


Bass, n. [F. basse, fr. bas low. See Base, a.]
1. A bass, or deep, sound or tone.

2. (Mus.)
(a) The lowest part in a musical composition.
(b) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, bass.
[Written also base.]

Thorough bass. See Thorough bass.


Bass, a.
Deep or grave in tone.

Bass clef (Mus.), the character placed at the beginning of
the staff containing the bass part of a musical
composition. [See Illust. under Clef.]

Bass voice, a deep-sounding voice; a voice fitted for
singing bass.


Bass, v. t.
To sound in a deep tone. [R.] --Shak.

Synonyms: bass part, bass voice, basso, basso, deep, freshwater bass, low, low-pitched, sea bass

See Also: bass fiddle, bass guitar, bass horn, bass viol, basso continuo, basso profundo, bombard, bombardon, bull fiddle, contrabass, double bass, figured bass, freshwater bass, freshwater fish, ground bass, instrument, largemouth bass, low frequency, low pitch, musical instrument, part, percoid, percoid fish, percoidean, saltwater fish, singer, singing voice, smallmouth bass, sousaphone, string bass, striped bass, striper, thorough bass, tuba, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer, voice

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