ground bass


Definition of 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ground bass.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of ground bass

1696, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About ground bass

Time Traveler for ground bass

Time Traveler

The first known use of ground bass was in 1696

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near ground bass

ground ball

ground bass

ground beam

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for ground bass

Cite this Entry

“Ground bass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on ground bass Encyclopedia article about ground bass


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Color

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!