acoustic bass

1 of 2

noun (1)

Acoustic Bass : a 32′ and 64′ organ stop whose notes are obtained by the production of difference tones by smaller pipes

called also Harmonic Bass, Resultant Bass

or less commonly acoustic bass guitar : a hollow-bodied bass guitar somewhat larger than an ordinary guitar

acoustic bass

2 of 2

noun (2)

: an organ register of 32′ pitch or 64′ pitch obtained by the production of resultant tones by smaller pipes compare combination tone

Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acoustic bass was in 1902

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“Acoustic bass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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