Definitions of bass

  1. having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range; " a deep voice"; " a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice"; " a bass clarinet"
  2. nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny- finned fishes
  3. the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
  4. the lowest part of the musical range
  5. the lowest adult male singing voice
  6. the lowest part in polyphonic music
  7. any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh ( especially of the genus Micropterus)
  8. the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae
  9. an adult male singer with the lowest voice
  10. An edible, spiny- finned fish, esp. of the genera Roccus, Labrax, and related genera. There are many species.
  11. The two American fresh- water species of black bass ( genus Micropterus). See Black bass.
  12. Species of Serranus, the sea bass and rock bass. See Sea bass.
  13. The southern, red, or channel bass ( Sciaena ocellata). See Redfish.
  14. The linden or lime tree, sometimes wrongly called whitewood; also, its bark, which is used for making mats. See Bast.
  15. A hassock or thick mat.
  16. The lowest part in a musical composition.
  17. One who sings, or the instrument which plays, bass.
  18. Deep or grave in tone.
  19. To sound in a deep tone.
  20. The name of various fishes of the perch family; the American lime- tree; matting made from its bark.
  21. Low in tone; deep; grave.
  22. The lowest part in the harmony of a musical composition; the lowest male voice; one who sings the lowest male part. Also, base.
  23. The low or grave part in music.
  24. Low, deep, grave.
  25. Same as BAST ( which see).
  26. A species of fish; a tree, and its pliable bark.
  27. The lowest part in music.
  28. Low in tone or compass.
  29. A food- fish.
  30. The lowest tones of the male voice or of an instrument.
  31. Same as BASSWOOD.
  32. Low in value, or worth, or origin, or station, or spirit; worthless; mean; deep- toned, grave, commonly written bass.
  33. The foundation on which a thing stands or rests, as, the base of a pillar; the broad part of anything, as the bottom of a cone; the place from which racers or tilters start; an old game, still extant; the lowest side of a figure on which it is supposed to stand; a fortified line from which the operations of an army proceed; that with which an acid unites to form a salt; the lowest or gravest part, whether vocal or instrumental.
  34. To found; to lay the base or foundation of; to set or place.
  35. A perch of several species; the American linden- tree, called also bass- wood; the inner bark of this tree; matting made of it.
  36. The lowest part in the harmony of a musical composition.
  37. To take the bass part. See Base.
  38. The lowest part in a harmonised musical composition.
  39. A mat made of bast; a door- mat.
  40. A name given to several species of the perch.

Usage examples for bass

  1. One of the instruments, a drum called mandar, gives out a deep bass note which can be heard for miles. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  2. At one moment he spoke in the deepest bass, and the next in the highest tenor, these different tones sometimes succeeding each other with a rapidity which was singularly disconcerting, and which strangers found so perplexing that it was with difficulty they could believe two different persons were not addressing them in such varied notes. – The Letter-Bag of Lady Elizabeth Spencer-Stanhope v. I. by A. M. W. Stirling (compiler)
  3. But Jethro Bass did not wait. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  4. He had not lost anything as he had joined a church choir and sang bass. – Sixty Years of California Song by Margaret Blake-Alverson
  5. " I used to sing some, and he used to sing bass. – Patty's Social Season by Carolyn Wells
  6. She hated the fat double chin of the bass. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  7. Then a deep bass voice called out, " Ha! – Sidonia The Sorceress V1 by William Mienhold
  8. And a bass, sir? – The High School Boys' Fishing Trip by H. Irving Hancock
  9. There was no music before her, but under her fingers " big bass notes" very much like Cyril's own, were marching on and on to victory. – Miss Billy by Eleanor H. Porter
  10. This day I sent my brother Tom, at his request, my father's old Bass Viall which he and I have kept so long, but I fear Tom will do little good at it. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  11. You see I shouldn't a- hurried so only I sung bass in the choir and I doubt if I could have convinced him that I was working in the interests of Science and Truth. – Humorous Ghost Stories by Dorothy Scarborough
  12. And yet he had one worry and one fear, and both of these concerned one man,- Jethro Bass. – Coniston, Book I. by Winston Churchill
  13. Jethro Bass, after all, was- Jethro Bass. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  14. We may take it then that our name Pass is only another form of Bass, both names being also found at present in Germany. – Surnames as a Science by Robert Ferguson
  15. " F- folks told me to be careful- to be careful," said Mr. Bass. – Coniston, Book I. by Winston Churchill
  16. Don't frighten my bass from coming up to take a look at me. – The High School Boys' Fishing Trip by H. Irving Hancock