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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"

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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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. Mitch Allen:

    It's a trend we'll probably see a lot going forward, some retailers, such as Bass Pro and Cabela's, offer crafts and other activities while you wait in line. Virtual Santa companies are headed in the same direction.

  2. Michael Putland/Getty Images:

    [Very] sad news today of Deon Estus’ death. A lavishly gifted bass guitarist, a charismatic impish character a rock of the WHAM! rhythm section, he lives large in the memory, he radiated warmth, humour life’s illuminating light, my heartfelt commiserations go out to his family.

  3. Keith Benedict:

    It's a privilege to lead soldiers in combat, i think the fact that we have not had an attack in Afghanistan John Bass since 2001 is testament to the fact that what we are doing here is working, and I am committed to doing everything I can while I am on ground here to achieving that.

  4. Hunter Roop:

    They have the potential to prey directly on bass especially younger bass, we would ask say anglers that do catch a snakehead to kill it immediately. Then call the DNRso we can document when and where.

  5. Roger McGuinn:

    My favorite guitar now is my Martin HD-7 because it's got everything. It's got the jingle-jangle thing from the twelve string, it's got the flexibility of the six string, and the bass notes where you can do bass runs and that sort of thing.

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