Main definitions of bass in US English:

: bass1bass2bass3

bass1

nounPlural basses

  • 1The lowest adult male singing voice.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their voices would resonate throughout the bar and I would sit there captivated by their deep bass voices.’
    • ‘When he did have strong bass or tenor soloists, Handel could and did write strong parts for them.’
    • ‘It is played and sung with conviction, and his is one of the great bass voices.’
    • ‘Again, the chorus bears the brunt of the text, but there are soprano, contralto, and bass soloists.’
    • ‘These are the opening words of the play, sung as a bass solo.’
    • ‘He created waves with his deep bass voice and strumming guitar.’
    • ‘The vibes veer off into a countermelody and the bass enters shortly thereafter.’
    • ‘In particular, the bass soloist had a voice which seemed to rumble from the very bowels of the earth.’
    • ‘He has already become an audience favourite with his deep bass voice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His splendid voice spans the low C of a true bass and the middle C of most tenors.’
    • ‘The basses are really light, high baritones, and I miss a certain richness in the sound.’
    • ‘The group of unaccompanied voices comprises bass, baritone, tenor, mezzo-soprano and soprano.’
    • ‘Alto, soprano, bass and tenor, I think they are called.’
    • ‘He was easily recognisable not merely by virtue of his profound bass baritone voice, but because of his girth.’
    • ‘The truck driver joined in, his low bass voice singing with me about how feeling good could be easy… it could.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He acquired his nickname singing the bass harmony second voice.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting the member of a family of instruments that is the lowest in pitch.
      ‘a bass clarinet’
      ‘a bass drum’
      • ‘The bass oboe is an octave lower than the oboe (in C) and is called a ‘baryton’ in France!’
      • ‘In the orchestra, she plays two musical instruments: the bass clarinet and piccolo clarinet.’
      • ‘He also hits the keyboards, drums, bass guitar, and pitches in on background vocals.’
      • ‘It was her ability to play her instrument, the bass guitar, well that earned her these new friends.’
      • ‘He leads the way with his throaty bass saxophone.’
      • ‘Improvisatory in nature, it involved only the 24 bass strings of the instrument.’
      • ‘He plays Celtic whistle, didgeridoo, panpipes, flute and bass flute in his trademark blend of Celtic, classical, jazz and folk music.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We also have access to other instruments, including cor anglais, bass clarinet, cello, organ and voice.’
      • ‘They use no electronics, and hardly any electric instruments, apart from bass guitar and occasional electric guitar.’
      • ‘Shifting lower-frequency instruments such as a bass guitar requires higher latencies.’
      • ‘Apart from the organ, the only other instrument is a bass violin.’
      • ‘The bass clarinet particularly takes a lot of wind.’
      • ‘Can you advise me on how I can persuade him to take up a real instrument like say the bass trombone?’
      • ‘The bass oboe is called the baryton in France, but is at least, more or less what it says it is; logic at last!’
      • ‘I would say it's because there are just nothing but the powerful instruments of bass guitar and the drums.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Instead of the bass tuba is its predecessor, the ophicleide.’
      • ‘At least in the imaginary versions for bass tuba or kettledrum I wager to say that he is right.’
      • ‘Her warm bass trumpet solo adds to a very memorable performance that will remain a definitive rendition of the great song.’
      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.
      • ‘You can also play other banjo sounds like drum, bass etc!’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘In jazz, the goal is not to make a trumpet mimic a sax or a drum set sound like an acoustic bass.’
      • ‘He studied piano, violin, bass, and voice at Oakham.’
      • ‘Our sound features sax, clarinet, violin, synthesiser, guitar, bass, drums and four vocalists.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘I would not recognize the bass as a separate instrument if it wasn't lower than I could tune a guitar.’
      • ‘The drums lightly tap, the second guitar plays the main melody, and the bass doubles the second guitar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although most commonly taught to violin players, the method can also be used with instruments such as viola, cello, flute, bass and guitar.’
      • ‘The stripped-down band of guitars, bass and percussion creates a beautiful simplicity in direct contrast to what is perceived as Latin music today.’
      • ‘Strings, saxophones, some brass and electric bass constitute the bulk of the instrumentations.’
      • ‘The new album features more acoustic sounds and an upright bass, with no keyboards.’
      • ‘This would give students the added opportunity to practice mock performances with bass and drums.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 The low-frequency output of a radio or audio system, corresponding to the bass in music.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They can boost bass and remove noise, including the pops and clicks from old analog sources.’
      • ‘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 volume and bass of the music made my limbs ache as my blood vibrated with the sheer throbbing of the beat.’
      • ‘A synth noise comes in before bass and a strong synth line drops at around the 0: 40 mark.’
      • ‘There is an audible buzz throughout, and any bass in the music breaks apart into a dreadful fuzzy haze.’
      • ‘He could hear his neighbors arguing through the paper-thin walls and the hard bass of music from somewhere down the block.’
      • ‘At the touch of a button, felt curtains will roll down from the ceiling to absorb the heavy bass of amplified music.’
      • ‘This is a very powerful mix, one filled with that great deep, rumbling bass.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Low-frequency bass is sent to all the channels, giving you that you-are-there feeling.’
      • ‘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 heavy bass of the music, combined with the shrieking laughs of drunk girls reminds me of why I like to avoid parties.’
      • ‘The marquee now lies in darkness, no thumping bass, or any noise at all to speak of.’
      • ‘The audio is full, with intelligible dialogue and good use of bass in the music.’
      • ‘There is almost no extra noise, and the music features surprisingly good bass response.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

bass

/beɪs//bās/

Main definitions of bass in US English:

: bass1bass2bass3

bass2

nounPlural basses

  • 1The common European freshwater perch.

    • ‘The pressure on bass fishing today is enormous and they are a vulnerable species.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All the Tortosa pegs can produce good carp, are prolific mullet swims and are well stocked with bass and zander.’
    • ‘They can forget the freshwater bass species which couldn't even compete with our tench, barbel or chub.’
    • ‘In the hands of a bass expert, when fishing top-water lures, I'm sure a long rod would soon prove itself.’
    • ‘We ended the day fishing in the rain on a small pond for bass and crappie.’
    • ‘Only leisure anglers are allowed to fish bass in Irish waters.’
    • ‘The rational approach you would think is to stop all further introductions of alien fish species like trout, bass etc into water environs.’
    • ‘I also tried some bass fishing in December when the conditions looked reasonable but without success.’
    • ‘It is prohibited to fish for bass during their spawning season, 14 May - 14 June.’
    • ‘The bass should be designated a sports fish and receive a lot more protection from the commercial fishing industry.’
    • ‘I did manage a couple of hours fishing a bass pool the next morning.’
    • ‘They aren't as big as the Caribbean jewfish or the potato bass of the Indo-Pacific region, though.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You see, tope are the UK boat anglers favourite summer fish alongside the bass.’
  • 2Any of a number of fish similar to or related to the perch.

    a mainly marine fish found in temperate waters (family Moronidae, including the European bass or sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax of European waters and genus Morone of North America). See also striped bass, white bass

    an American freshwater fish of the sunfish family, popular with anglers (genera Ambloplites and Micropterus, family Centrarchidae). See also black bass, rock bass

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

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 US English:

: bass1bass2bass3

bass3

nounPlural basses

  • another term for bast
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bass is principally used in yard brooms and road rollers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 17th century: alteration.

Pronunciation

bass

/bæs//bas/