double bass


: the largest and lowest-pitched of the stringed instruments that is tuned in fourths
double bassist noun

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Examples of double bass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Violin, double bass, and a whole lot of synthesizers and guitar pedals and samplers and things which are great for mangling sounds. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 15 Feb. 2024 Sparks was also influential in helping boost the careers of Steve Martin, John Denver and Kenny Rogers, with Rogers playing double bass for the group in 1966. Diego Ramos Bechara, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 The flickering strum of a wheeled double bass set the tone inside the Metro car. Andrea Flores, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 During a 2008 interview with The Times at his home, Mr. Lee played piano and double bass. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 24 May 2023 Shadows is comfortable as the ringleader, working the crowd while focusing on his deep bellow, Wackerman spent an outrageous amount of time playing his double bass drum to preserve the metal feel, and Gates did his rock-star posing on lead, while Christ and Vengeance held the fort down. William Earl, Variety, 24 June 2023 The same rule applies to musical instruments: A large double bass can produce lower notes than a small violin does, for example. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Oct. 2023 It’s scored for a chamber ensemble of violin and double bass, clarinet and bassoon, cornet and trombone and percussion. Dallas News, 21 Feb. 2023 According to her personal website, Jaouad attended the pre-college program for the double bass at The Juilliard School. Taiwo Balogun, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of double bass was in 1728

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“Double bass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

double bass

: the largest instrument of the violin family

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