ground bass


: a short bass passage continually repeated below constantly changing melody and harmony

Examples of ground bass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Something else, far below the hum of daily pique, resounds through this massive book—a ground bass of doom and dejection. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ground bass was in 1696

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“Ground bass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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