One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Music. A deep-sounding stop pitched an octave below the 8-foot or 16-foot principal stop on an organ.
2A sound of a very low frequency, especially (now) a very low bass sound used in dance music; the lowest frequency range of audible sound. Also: a part in a piece of music which is lower than what is usually considered a bass part.
Of sound, especially in music (now usually dance music): very low frequency; lower than what is usually considered a bass sound or part. Also of an instrument, voice, etc.: producing a sound of this type.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Harmonicon. From sub- + bass, originally after German Subbass.
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