\ ˈsəb+ˌ- \
plural sub-basses

Definition of sub-bass

1 Sub-bass plural Sub-basses : an organ pedal stop of 32′ pitch or 16′ pitch
2 : a range of low frequencies extending from approximately the lower limit of the bass voice to the lower limit of human hearing also : sound in this frequency range The music wasn’t audible through the din, but she felt the sub-bass throbbing through the floor.

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sub- + bass

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“Sub-bass.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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