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bass

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noun \ˈbas\

Definition of bass

plural bass or bass·es

  1. :  any of numerous edible marine or freshwater bony fishes (especially families Centrarchidae, Serranidae, and Percichthyidae of the order Perciformes)



Origin of bass

Middle English base, bærs, from Old English bærs; akin to Old High German bersich perch


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

Rhymes with bass


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bass

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adjective \ˈbās\

Simple Definition of bass

  • : having or indicating a low sound or range

Full Definition of bass

  1. 1 :  deep or grave in tone

  2. 2 a :  of low pitch b :  relating to or having the range or part of a bass

Examples of bass

  1. the sound of the bass drum

  2. <a man with an impressive bass voice>



Origin of bass

Middle English bas base — more at base


First Known Use: 15th century


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noun \ˈbās\

Definition of bass

  1. 1 a :  the lowest voice part in a 4-part chorus b :  the lower half of the whole vocal or instrumental tonal range — compare treble c :  the lowest adult male singing voice; also :  a person having this voice d :  a member of a family of instruments having the lowest range; especially :  double bass

  2. 2 :  a deep or grave tone :  a low-pitched sound



15th Century

First Known Use of bass

15th century


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noun \ˈbas\

Definition of bass

  1. 1 :  basswood 1

  2. 2 :  a coarse tough fiber from palms



Origin of bass

alteration of bast


First Known Use: 1691



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