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
the lowest part of the musical range
having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range
any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)
n the lowest part of the musical range
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the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
n the lowest part in polyphonic music
- bass part
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
n the lowest adult male singing voice
n an adult male singer with the lowest voice
n the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
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bass fiddle, bass viol, bull fiddle, contrabass, double bass, string bass
largest and lowest member of the violin family
the guitar with six strings that has the lowest pitch
bass horn, sousaphone, tuba
the lowest brass wind instrument
a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family
a bass horn (brass wind instrument) that is the tenor of the tuba family
a tuba that coils over the shoulder of the musician