Main definitions of bass in English

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bass1

noun

  • 1The lowest adult male singing voice.

    • ‘It's incredibly powerful, a hefty, sliding lead tenor (hard to tell if it's male or female) that never seems to stop for breath over a whole bunch of baritones and basses.’
    • ‘She looked into the depths of the dark eyes that only she could see, and listened to the songs that he sang in his deep bass voice, which only she could hear.’
    • ‘Their voices would resonate throughout the bar and I would sit there captivated by their deep bass voices.’
    • ‘The group of unaccompanied voices comprises bass, baritone, tenor, mezzo-soprano and soprano.’
    • ‘His splendid voice spans the low C of a true bass and the middle C of most tenors.’
    • ‘He has already become an audience favourite with his deep bass voice.’
    • ‘Alto, soprano, bass and tenor, I think they are called.’
    • ‘The basses are really light, high baritones, and I miss a certain richness in the sound.’
    • ‘The vibes veer off into a countermelody and the bass enters shortly thereafter.’
    • ‘He was easily recognisable not merely by virtue of his profound bass baritone voice, but because of his girth.’
    • ‘He acquired his nickname singing the bass harmony second voice.’
    • ‘The truck driver joined in, his low bass voice singing with me about how feeling good could be easy… it could.’
    • ‘Again, the chorus bears the brunt of the text, but there are soprano, contralto, and bass soloists.’
    • ‘In particular, the bass soloist had a voice which seemed to rumble from the very bowels of the earth.’
    • ‘The singing here is splendid,with the man continuing to impress with both his rich bass voice and fine sense for drama.’
    • ‘It is quite remarkable that he manages to heave his dark bass voice up to the upper reaches of Wotan's part.’
    • ‘When he did have strong bass or tenor soloists, Handel could and did write strong parts for them.’
    • ‘He created waves with his deep bass voice and strumming guitar.’
    • ‘These are the opening words of the play, sung as a bass solo.’
    • ‘It is played and sung with conviction, and his is one of the great bass voices.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting the member of a family of instruments that is the lowest in pitch.
      ‘a bass clarinet’
      ‘a bass drum’
      • ‘He also hits the keyboards, drums, bass guitar, and pitches in on background vocals.’
      • ‘We also have access to other instruments, including cor anglais, bass clarinet, cello, organ and voice.’
      • ‘Shifting lower-frequency instruments such as a bass guitar requires higher latencies.’
      • ‘They use no electronics, and hardly any electric instruments, apart from bass guitar and occasional electric guitar.’
      • ‘It was her ability to play her instrument, the bass guitar, well that earned her these new friends.’
      • ‘He is able to use his alto, tenor or bass saxophones to both support a friendly song or rip out on his own jam with sounds you'd expect from a guitar or keyboard.’
      • ‘He plays Celtic whistle, didgeridoo, panpipes, flute and bass flute in his trademark blend of Celtic, classical, jazz and folk music.’
      • ‘He leads the way with his throaty bass saxophone.’
      • ‘I would say it's because there are just nothing but the powerful instruments of bass guitar and the drums.’
      • ‘Instead of the bass tuba is its predecessor, the ophicleide.’
      • ‘In the orchestra, she plays two musical instruments: the bass clarinet and piccolo clarinet.’
      • ‘The bass clarinet particularly takes a lot of wind.’
      • ‘Apart from the organ, the only other instrument is a bass violin.’
      • ‘Her warm bass trumpet solo adds to a very memorable performance that will remain a definitive rendition of the great song.’
      • ‘At least in the imaginary versions for bass tuba or kettledrum I wager to say that he is right.’
      • ‘The bass oboe is an octave lower than the oboe (in C) and is called a ‘baryton’ in France!’
      • ‘Can you advise me on how I can persuade him to take up a real instrument like say the bass trombone?’
      • ‘Improvisatory in nature, it involved only the 24 bass strings of the instrument.’
      • ‘The bass oboe is called the baryton in France, but is at least, more or less what it says it is; logic at last!’
      • ‘My aunt and uncle both played trombone, my Grandma played bass clarinet and they have an organ; the one I taught myself on when I was little.’
      deep-toned, deep, low-pitched, low-toned, low, full-toned, resonant, sonorous, powerful, rumbling, booming, resounding
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    2. 1.2 A bass guitar or double bass.
      • ‘He studied piano, violin, bass, and voice at Oakham.’
      • ‘I would not recognize the bass as a separate instrument if it wasn't lower than I could tune a guitar.’
      • ‘You can also play other banjo sounds like drum, bass etc!’
      • ‘The drums lightly tap, the second guitar plays the main melody, and the bass doubles the second guitar.’
      • ‘Our sound features sax, clarinet, violin, synthesiser, guitar, bass, drums and four vocalists.’
      • ‘The music sounded like a mixture of bass, saxophone and drum melodies, and it had an alluring effect.’
      • ‘But isn't there a difference between playing guitar and bass?’
      • ‘The previous CDs had a thin string sound and the bass was simply not there.’
      • ‘The deadpan vocals are suitably dark but lack the power to cut through the layers of underwater guitar and bass.’
      • ‘Strings, saxophones, some brass and electric bass constitute the bulk of the instrumentations.’
      • ‘Without the warmth of a bass, this album sounds like you are playing it through the tinniest speakers with the treble turned all the way up to 11.’
      • ‘This would give students the added opportunity to practice mock performances with bass and drums.’
      • ‘I'm definitely not saying that bass is a useless instrument, or piano, or anything like that at all.’
      • ‘Everything clicks on this one - the drums, bass and guitar runs are truly inspired.’
      • ‘The new album features more acoustic sounds and an upright bass, with no keyboards.’
      • ‘Although most commonly taught to violin players, the method can also be used with instruments such as viola, cello, flute, bass and guitar.’
      • ‘He plays standard lead and rhythm electric guitar, lap steel and slide guitar, bass, and mandolin, all equally well.’
      • ‘Viola, piano and bass - hardly sounds very punk rock, does it?’
      • ‘In jazz, the goal is not to make a trumpet mimic a sax or a drum set sound like an acoustic bass.’
      • ‘The stripped-down band of guitars, bass and percussion creates a beautiful simplicity in direct contrast to what is perceived as Latin music today.’
    3. 1.3 The low-frequency output of a radio or audio system, corresponding to the bass in music.
      • ‘They can boost bass and remove noise, including the pops and clicks from old analog sources.’
      • ‘There is almost no extra noise, and the music features surprisingly good bass response.’
      • ‘A synth noise comes in before bass and a strong synth line drops at around the 0: 40 mark.’
      • ‘The sound is pretty good - a very nice Dolby 5.1 mix fills the room with modest bass and atmospheric music and detailed sounds.’
      • ‘The audio is full, with intelligible dialogue and good use of bass in the music.’
      • ‘He could hear his neighbors arguing through the paper-thin walls and the hard bass of music from somewhere down the block.’
      • ‘Once more the evening sky is dark and the streets are empty, the silence broken only by the familiar rumbling bass from high performance stereos passing in the night.’
      • ‘At the touch of a button, felt curtains will roll down from the ceiling to absorb the heavy bass of amplified music.’
      • ‘It was a sight to see the inmates showing interest in the proceedings and enjoying the heavy bass of music that boomed out through speakers.’
      • ‘This is a very powerful mix, one filled with that great deep, rumbling bass.’
      • ‘There is an audible buzz throughout, and any bass in the music breaks apart into a dreadful fuzzy haze.’
      • ‘Low-frequency bass is sent to all the channels, giving you that you-are-there feeling.’
      • ‘Some of these songs have a varying beat and indications of some intelligent musicianship, not like the penetrating bass that thunders out from cars and flats wherever you go.’
      • ‘The heavy bass of the music, combined with the shrieking laughs of drunk girls reminds me of why I like to avoid parties.’
      • ‘Slip in an audio disc and the sound astounds, with sumptuous bass and smooth vocals.’
      • ‘Decent bass and good sound quality impressed the reviewers, but it was never going to be able to compete with a larger system.’
      • ‘Thud acts like a dynamic bass EQ and is good for instruments and vocals.’
      • ‘We sat in a contemplative silence, and I closed my eyes and rested my head against the brick, feeling the pulsing bass of the music through the wall.’
      • ‘The marquee now lies in darkness, no thumping bass, or any noise at all to speak of.’
      • ‘The volume and bass of the music made my limbs ache as my blood vibrated with the sheer throbbing of the beat.’

Origin

Late Middle English: alteration of base, influenced by basso.

Pronunciation

bass

/bās//beɪs/

Main definitions of bass in English

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bass2

noun

  • 1The common European freshwater perch.

    • ‘The bass should be designated a sports fish and receive a lot more protection from the commercial fishing industry.’
    • ‘He was into the first fish of the day, then a nice bass was being lifted from the water, it weighed about four pounds.’
    • ‘Last month's feature was all about my striper bass fishing trip.’
    • ‘It is prohibited to fish for bass during their spawning season, 14 May - 14 June.’
    • ‘Exotic fish such as bass and trout can now breed successfully in the abundant gravel and sand beds and establish feral populations.’
    • ‘We have had plaice, pollack, wrasse and garfish from here but bass and rays are also taken.’
    • ‘In the hands of a bass expert, when fishing top-water lures, I'm sure a long rod would soon prove itself.’
    • ‘The pressure on bass fishing today is enormous and they are a vulnerable species.’
    • ‘We ended the day fishing in the rain on a small pond for bass and crappie.’
    • ‘For those into freshwater fishing, we did manage some nice bass near Copmanhurst.’
    • ‘Don't worry if all your bass have been what we call schoolie bass which are fish under two or three pounds.’
    • ‘All the Tortosa pegs can produce good carp, are prolific mullet swims and are well stocked with bass and zander.’
    • ‘I also tried some bass fishing in December when the conditions looked reasonable but without success.’
    • ‘They aren't as big as the Caribbean jewfish or the potato bass of the Indo-Pacific region, though.’
    • ‘The rational approach you would think is to stop all further introductions of alien fish species like trout, bass etc into water environs.’
    • ‘You see, tope are the UK boat anglers favourite summer fish alongside the bass.’
    • ‘I did manage a couple of hours fishing a bass pool the next morning.’
    • ‘Only leisure anglers are allowed to fish bass in Irish waters.’
    • ‘They can forget the freshwater bass species which couldn't even compete with our tench, barbel or chub.’
    • ‘The lake is stocked mostly with catfish and bass, and the fish are obviously not as stupid as they look, as they seem to hang out round the scuba park, where they are safe from anglers.’
  • 2Any of a number of fish similar to or related to the perch.

    See also sea bass
    , See also white bass
    , See also rock bass
    , See also black bass
    , and See also striped bass
    • ‘Can we safely say you won't be bass fishing in Alaska?’
    • ‘The tope packs are targeting small flatfish and school bass in the surf tables at this time.’
    • ‘Flooded banks with green vegetation are prime areas to attract forage fish and predatory bass.’
    • ‘The talk is all of haddock, salmon, red mullet and bass.’
    • ‘Anglers coveted warm-water fish such as bass and bonefish.’
    • ‘To blow off steam, he gave us the next day off, and we went bass fishing.’
    • ‘For me, without any doubt at all, the most exciting way to catch bass is on a surface plug.’
    • ‘Fishermen often come there, as indicated by the sign which says it's a good spot for catching flatfish, bass and codling.’
    • ‘This recent release means that a total of 27,000 bass have been released into the system in the past two months.’
    • ‘He takes people salmon fishing, and bass fishing.’
    • ‘The predicted weather pattern favors a warming trend into weekend - favorable conditions for bass fishing.’
    • ‘On the Grass river you can fly fish for small mouth bass, pike, muskies and salmon.’
    • ‘Also, because nighttime air and water fall so still, bass detect sound and vibration more easily.’
    • ‘Hungry bass offer golden opportunity Spinnerbaits ideal for hooking fish this month’
    • ‘Spend the day fishing for bass, then head to the theatre for a well-staged play.’
    • ‘He's taken up bass fishing and goes out in his boat as early as 5 a.m.’
    • ‘The fish killed included bass, roach, eels and fluke when the temperature soared to twenty six degrees Centigrade.’
    • ‘All bass are fine game fishes, with tournaments being held regularly.’
    • ‘Early Saturday afternoon they went fishing to catch some bass and pike for the cookout.’
    • ‘During the summer months you could expect to come across bass and sand eels.’

Origin

Late Middle English: alteration of dialect barse, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch baars and German Barsch.

Pronunciation

bass

/bæs//bas/

Main definitions of bass in English

: bass1bass2bass3

bass3

noun

  • another term for bast
    • ‘Bass is principally used in yard brooms and road rollers.’
    • ‘A few species of palms that grow in tropical America and Africa are the source of brush fibers called commercially Piassava, Piassaba or Bass Fiber.’
    • ‘The plant yields a silk cotton from the seeds and a rich white bass fibre from the bark, both likely to be of commercial value.’
    • ‘Heavy duty brooms densely filled with medium coarse African bass fibre are used in mills on brick and concrete surfaces under wet or dry conditions.’
    • ‘Natural African bass fibre is coarse, stiff and provides good flexibility for use in upright floor sweeps and as a blend with other fibres for other applications.’

Origin

Late 17th century: alteration.

Pronunciation

bass

/bæs//bas/