Definition of double bass in US English:

double bass


  • The largest and lowest-pitched instrument of the violin family, providing the bass line of the orchestral string section and also much used in jazz.

    • ‘The tutti strangeness is that of an orchestra without violas and cellos, but in which double basses, contrabassoon and piccolos are prominent.’
    • ‘The orchestra is small: in the Third Symphony, Harding uses nine first violins, eight seconds, six violas, five cellos, and three double basses.’
    • ‘The Octet is scored for flute, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano.’
    • ‘This is to get the terrifying dissonance of a low minor second with the raw vibration of the open bottom C of the cellos, while the double basses grind their b natural against the upper c, sounding it strongly on their top string.’
    • ‘The duo has assembled a smooth, spacey collection of downtempo tunes using real guest players on instruments such as deep double bass and fanciful flugelhorn.’
    • ‘The sound here has a nice inner depth and the bass line sounds like a wall of double basses.’
    • ‘The double-violin they play, covers the entire range of an orchestra's double bass, cello, viola and violin.’
    • ‘He tends to avoid expanded percussion and even double basses and to include a piano at the expense of strings, all to the end of getting the music clean and clear.’
    • ‘Marty sings, Paul plays guitar and I play the double bass.’
    • ‘‘The Bells’ starts similarly, before shifting down a gear into a bleak spell of repetition of a single, crabbed chord from cornet, bass clarinet and double basses.’
    • ‘Among the strings, there are twelve violins, two violas, four cellos, and two double basses.’
    • ‘She plays the violin, viola and piano, while Antonin plays the viola, cello, double bass, tuba, guitar and recorder.’
    • ‘He plays not only his usual double bass but also a viola da gamba which strangely matches the moody quality of the Russian tunes.’
    • ‘Everyone can carry their heavy bags of shopping home on the bus, and musicians with bulky instruments, such as double basses, harps or timpani, will have to use public transport.’
    • ‘Backed by nine musicians playing double bass, cello, violin and piano, alongside guitar and drums, this album truly is something different.’
    • ‘Built by Ken Parker, the violin covers the entire range of orchestra's double bass, cello, viola and violin.’
    • ‘Huddled in the middle of an otherwise empty Festival Hall stage is a collection of pianos, a double bass, a guitar, a suitcase, a waste bin, assorted bits of possible junk and a couple of amps.’
    • ‘Eight violins, two violas, two cellos, one double bass, and a harpsichord are used on this recording.’
    • ‘Using a double bass, drums and jazz guitar this original live outfit imitate dance beats you'd normally hear from samplers and turntables.’
    • ‘Last Round is for double string quartet and double bass, written in memory of Piazzolla, and conceived as an idealized version of his keyless accordion, the bandoneon.’
    violin, viola, cello
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double bass

/ˌdəbəl ˈbās//ˌdəbəl ˈbeɪs/