What does bass mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bassnoun

    the lowest part of the musical range

  2. bass, bass partnoun

    the lowest part in polyphonic music

  3. bass, bassonoun

    an adult male singer with the lowest voice

  4. sea bass, bassnoun

    the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae

  5. freshwater bass, bassnoun

    any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)

  6. bass, bass voice, bassonoun

    the lowest adult male singing voice

  7. bassnoun

    the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments

  8. bassadjective

    nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishes

  9. bass, deepadjective

    having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range

    "a deep voice"; "a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice"; "a bass clarinet"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bassadjective

    In musick; grave; deep.

  2. Bassnoun

    A mat used in churches.

    Etymology: supposed by Junius to be derived, like basket, from some British word signifying a rush; but perhaps more properly written boss, from the French bosse.

    Having woollen yarn, bass mat, or such like, to bind them withal. John Mortimer, Husbandry.


  1. bass

    Bass can have different meanings in different contexts: 1. In music, it refers to the lowest musical pitch or range, or a person or instrument that produces these low pitches, such as a bass guitar or a bass singer. 2. In terms of fish species, bass refers to a group of predatory fishes found in both freshwater and marine environments worldwide, like the striped bass or the black bass. 3. In audio or sound system, bass refers to low-frequency sound or tones. 4. Bass can also refer to a particular type of wood used in making musical instruments. The exact definition depends on the context in which the word is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bass

    of Bass

  2. Bassnoun

    an edible, spiny-finned fish, esp. of the genera Roccus, Labrax, and related genera. There are many species

  3. Bassnoun

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

  4. Bassnoun

    species of Serranus, the sea bass and rock bass. See Sea bass

  5. Bassnoun

    the southern, red, or channel bass (Sciaena ocellata). See Redfish

  6. Bassnoun

    the linden or lime tree, sometimes wrongly called whitewood; also, its bark, which is used for making mats. See Bast

  7. Bassnoun

    a hassock or thick mat

  8. Bassadjective

    a bass, or deep, sound or tone

  9. Bassadjective

    the lowest part in a musical composition

  10. Bassadjective

    one who sings, or the instrument which plays, bass

  11. Bassadjective

    deep or grave in tone

  12. Bassverb

    to sound in a deep tone


  1. bass

    Bass describes musical instruments that produce tones in the low-pitched range. They belong to different families of instruments and can cover a wide range of musical roles. Since producing low pitches usually requires a long air column or string, the string and wind bass instruments are usually the largest instruments in their families or instrument classes. As seen in the musical instrument classification article, categorizing instruments can be difficult. For example, some instruments fall into more than one category. The cello is considered a tenor instrument in some orchestral settings, but in a string quartet it is the bass instrument. Examples grouped by general form and playing technique include: ⁕Double bass from the viol or violin family ⁕Bass guitar and acoustic bass guitar, instruments shaped, constructed and held like guitars, that play in the bass range. The electric bass guitar is usually the instrument referred to as a "bass" in pop and rock music.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bass

    bās, n. the low or grave part in music.—adj. low, deep, grave.—v.t. to sound in a deep tone.—ns. Bass′-horn, a musical wind-instrument, a modification of the bassoon, much lower and deeper in its tones; Thor′ough-bass, the theory of harmony. [See Base, low.]

  2. Bass

    Basse, bas, n. a marine fish allied to the perch. [A.S. bærs; cf. Ger. bars, the perch.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Bass

    Common name for FISHES belonging to the order Perciformes and occurring in three different families.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bass

    A soft sedge or rush (Juncus lævis), of which coarse kinds of rope and matting are made. A Gaelic term for the blade of an oar.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BASS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bass is ranked #589 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bass surname appeared 57,044 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 19 would have the surname Bass.

    69.1% or 39,463 total occurrences were White.
    24.5% or 13,993 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 1,552 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 1,318 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 439 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 280 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bass' in Nouns Frequency: #2968

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bass in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of bass in a Sentence

  1. Bob Seger:

    Elvis came along when I was 10. My father gave me a bass ukulele. I taught myself how to play from a book to play some chords, so I was laying down 'Hound Dog' and things like that when I was 10 years old in 1955. That's the way I was. My ear was glued to the radio. I knew right then what I wanted to do.

  2. Viet Tran:

    It's low-frequency sounds -- like the thump-thump bass in hip-hop that works.

  3. Moe Vela:

    After I asked Lance Bass to join, Lance Bass took 20 minutes to call me back and said,' I'm in,'.

  4. Isaac Hecker:

    People used to think of vocal music as boring choir stuff, once you figured out that you can do crazy beat-boxing, awesome bass lines (and) throw everything together, you just have really cool music.

  5. Brothers Johnson:

    I've never been given parts to play in my whole life. I'm the most rare bass player in the whole world.

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