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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dou′ble bass′beɪs(n.)

  1. the largest instrument of the violin family, having three or, usu., four strings, rested vertically on the floor when played.

    Category: Music and Dance

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dou′ble bass′ist(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bass fiddle, bass viol, bull fiddle, double bass, contrabass, string bass(adj)

    largest and lowest member of the violin family

  2. contrabass, double-bass(adj)

    pitched an octave below normal bass instrumental or vocal range

    "contrabass or double-bass clarinet"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. double bass(noun)ˈdʌb əl

    the largest of the stringed instruments in an orchestra

    to play the double bass


  1. double bass(Noun)

    (music) The largest stringed instrument of the violin family.

  2. double bass(Noun)

    The deepest of all male voices.


  1. Double bass

    The double bass, also called the string bass, upright bass, bass fiddle, bass violin, doghouse bass, contrabass, bass viol, stand-up bass, bull fiddle or simply bass, is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument of the violin family in the modern symphony orchestra, with strings usually tuned to E1, A1, D2 and G2. The double bass is a standard member of the string section of the orchestra and smaller string ensembles in Western classical music. In addition, it is used in other genres such as jazz, 1950s-style blues and rock and roll, rockabilly/psychobilly, traditional country music, bluegrass, tango and many types of folk music. A person who plays the double bass is usually referred to as a bassist. The contrabass violin is the version of the double-bass used in the violin octet; it is larger than the usual double bass and was originally intended to be tuned in 5ths C1-G1-D2-A2. However practical considerations have induced some players to tune it in 4ths E1-A1-D2-G2 like the usual double bass. The double bass is a transposing instrument and sounds one octave lower than notated.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

double bass

a type of large stringed instrument, the largest and deepest in sound of the violin family.

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