double bass

noun

Definition of double bass

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

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Other Words from double bass

double bassist \ ˌdə-​bəl-​ˈbā-​sist How to pronounce double bassist (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web The quintet consists of Abigale Reisman on violin and vocals, Jonathan Cannon on violin, Kirsten Lamb on double bass and vocals, Nat Seelen on clarinet, and Pete Fanelli on trombone. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 12 Sep. 2019 The quartet includes Tim Coyne on trumpet and vocals, John Perry on piano and vocals, David Spondike on double bass and Scott Velardo on drums. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "Brunswick Middle School construction has us looking high in the sky: Whit & Whimsey," 19 July 2019 Hobin played in rock bands until deciding to focus on double bass at the age of 16; at the same age, Taghavi switched from saxophone and jazz to classical bassoon. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "From Arcade Fire to Annapolis Chamber Music Festival: How 2 friends put on an upcoming show," 2 Aug. 2019 The quartet includes Tim on trumpet and vocals, John Perry on piano and vocals, David Spondike on double bass, and Scott Velardo on drums. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "New resident makes quite an impression: Whit & Whimsey," 12 July 2019 Highlights this year will include tunes from a trio playing uilleann pipes, harp, and double bass, to the contemporary all-string Kirkos Ensemble, the modern jazz songs of Aoife Doyle Music, and R&B soul-pop quartet Super Silly. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Dublin in July 2018," 28 June 2018 Presley, at the beginning of his career, appeared on the show in October 1954 with his backing band, which at the time consisted of just two musicians: Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on double bass. kansascity, "In memoriam through June 15: Civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton, Neal Boyd of ‘AGT’," 15 June 2018 The title is a reference to Butthole Surfers’ Jeff Pinkus, who joins Off!/Redd Kross’ bassist Steven McDonald (along with Dale Crover and King Buzzo) for a double bass odyssey. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week | Charlotte Observer," 2 May 2018 Hobin played in rock bands until deciding to focus on double bass at the age of 16; at the same age, Taghavi switched from saxophone and jazz to classical bassoon. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "From Arcade Fire to Annapolis Chamber Music Festival: How 2 friends put on an upcoming show," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of double bass

1728, in the meaning defined above

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double bass

noun

English Language Learners Definition of double bass

: a very large musical instrument that is shaped like a violin

double bass

noun

Kids Definition of double bass

: the largest instrument of the violin family

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