noun \ˈbas\
plural bass or bass·es

Definition of BASS

:  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

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl


adjective \ˈbās\

: having or indicating a low sound or range

Full Definition of BASS

:  deep or grave in tone
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


noun \ˈbās\

Definition of BASS

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

First Known Use of BASS

15th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue


noun \ˈbas\

Definition of BASS

:  basswood 1
:  a coarse tough fiber from palms

Origin of BASS

alteration of bast
First Known Use: 1691


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