bass

A bass sound or instrument is the deepest. If a barbershop quartet sings “Happy Birthday” to you, the guy with the lowest voice is singing the bass part. A bass is also a type of saltwater fish.

The word bass has two main meanings with separate pronunciations — bass with a high vowel sound (like base) ironically refers to very low sounds — bass instruments and singers are in the lowest part of the musical range, like the low rumble of a bass guitar. If you say bass with a low vowel sound, it's a type of fish. That kind of bass doesn’t add much to a harmony but is delicious with mashed potatoes.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: bass

1
nadj
the lowest part of the musical range
having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range
2
n
any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: bass
1

n the lowest part of the musical range

Type of:
pitch
the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration

n the lowest part in polyphonic music

Synonyms:
bass part
Types:
ground bass
a short melody in the bass that is constantly repeated
basso continuo, continuo, figured bass, thorough bass
a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played
Type of:
part, voice
the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music

n the lowest adult male singing voice

Synonyms:
bass voice, basso
Types:
basso profundo
a very deep bass voice
Type of:
singing voice
the musical quality of the voice while singing

n an adult male singer with the lowest voice

Synonyms:
basso
Type of:
singer, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer
a person who sings

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

Types:
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bass fiddle, bass viol, bull fiddle, contrabass, double bass, string bass
largest and lowest member of the violin family
bass guitar
the guitar with six strings that has the lowest pitch
bass horn, sousaphone, tuba
the lowest brass wind instrument
bombard, bombardon
a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family
euphonium
a bass horn (brass wind instrument) that is the tenor of the tuba family
bombardon, helicon
a tuba that coils over the shoulder of the musician
Type of:
instrument, musical instrument
any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds

adj having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range

“a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice”
“a bass clarinet”
Synonyms:
deep
low, low-pitched
used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency
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n any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)

Synonyms:
freshwater bass
Types:
largemouth bass
flesh of largemouth bass
smallmouth bass
flesh of smallmouth bass
Type of:
freshwater fish
flesh of fish from fresh water used as food

n the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae

Synonyms:
sea bass
Types:
striped bass, striper
caught along the Atlantic coast of the United States
Type of:
saltwater fish
flesh of fish from the sea used as food

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

Types:
freshwater bass
North American food and game fish
Type of:
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean
any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes

WORD FORMS

nadj
the lowest part of the musical range
having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range
1 bass
n
a North American freshwater fish with lean flesh
2 bass
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