bass

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bass having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range "a deep voice","a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice","a bass clarinet"
    • n bass nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishes
    • n bass the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
    • n bass the lowest part of the musical range
    • n bass the lowest adult male singing voice
    • n bass the lowest part in polyphonic music
    • n bass any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)
    • n bass the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae
    • n bass an adult male singer with the lowest voice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The oldest patented company logo is the red triangle of Bass beers
    • Bass A bass, or deep, sound or tone.
    • Bass A hassock or thick mat.
    • Bass An edible, spiny-finned fish, esp. of the genera Roccus Labrax, and related genera. There are many species.
    • a Bass Deep or grave in tone.
    • Bass (Mus) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, bass.
    • Bass Species of Serranus, the sea bass and rock bass. See Sea bass.
    • Bass (Bot) The linden or lime tree, sometimes wrongly called whitewood; also, its bark, which is used for making mats. See Bast.
    • Bass (Mus) The lowest part in a musical composition.
    • Bass The southern, red, or channel bass (Sciæna ocellata). See Redfish.
    • Bass The two American fresh-water species of black bass (genus Micropterus). See Black bass.
    • v. t Bass To sound in a deep tone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bass Originally, the perch, but now restricted to fishes more or less like the true perch. In England, the Labrax lupus, an acanthopterygian fish with a compressed fusiform contour, two dorsal fins, the first with 9 spines, the second with from 12 to 14 rays, a general grayish or greenish color, relieved by small black spots, and a whitish belly. It is an esteemed food-fish.
    • n bass Same as bast.
    • n bass The American linden or lime-tree, Tilia Americana. See basswood.
    • n bass A mat made of bass or bast; a bass-mat; hence, any thick mat or matting; formerly, a straw hassock or cushion.
    • bass In music, low; deep; grave.
    • n bass In music, the lowest part in the harmony of a musical composition, whether vocal or instrumental. According to some it is the fundamental or most important part, while others regard the melody or highest part in that light. Next to the melody, the bass part is the most striking, the freest and boldest in its movements, and the richest in effect.
    • n bass A male voice of the lowest or gravest kind, having a compass of about two octaves from the second F below middle C, or lower.
    • n bass A singer having such a voice.
    • n bass A musical instrument of any class having a deep, grave tone, excelled in gravity only by the contrabass.
    • n bass Same as bass clef (which see, under clef).
    • bass To sing or play the bass part of; accompany with the bass.
    • bass To sound in a deep tone.
    • bass To take the bass part in a concerted piece of music: as, he basses very steadily.
    • n bass In coal-mining, black carbonaceous shale.
    • bass To kiss.
    • n bass A kiss; a buss.
    • n bass The commercial name of a fiber, resembling horsehair or wire, obtained from the sheathing leaf-bases or the leaf-stalks of certain palms. It is dark brown or black in color, and is used for brooms, brushes, ropes, and cables. Also called piassava. See bast-palm, piassava, and bassine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bass bās the low or grave part in music
    • adj Bass low, deep, grave
    • v.t Bass to sound in a deep tone
    • n Bass bas a marine fish allied to the perch.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. basse, fr. bas, low. See Base (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bærs; cf. Ger. bars, the perch.

Usage

In literature:

These barbarians now, humming a bass war-song as they march, are in high glee, for there are more villages to raid.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
A sixth motet has an obligato figured-bass accompaniment.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
After William Bass's death the business was carried on by his son, M. T. Bass, and then by his grandson, Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
There is swimming, rowing, and excellent black-bass fishing in the larger lakes.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
This is how the Four took the Bass.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
The crank-throws give the double-bass; the feed-pump sobs an' heaves: An' now the main eccentrics start their quarrel on the sheaves.
"The Seven Seas" by Rudyard Kipling
He sang in the bass division at one of the great Jubilee concerts.
"Music and Some Highly Musical People" by James M. Trotter
Say, d'you ever know she could shing bass?
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
At 4:30 all the musicians were there but the bass fiddler.
"Continuous Vaudeville" by Will M. Cressy
The reader will notice that the wood mentioned for each model is bass.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
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In poetry:

Down in the bass
They easy roll,
Rolling like I like it
In my soul.
"Easy Boogie" by Langston Hughes
Down in the bass
That steady beat
Walking walking walking
Like marching feet.
"Easy Boogie" by Langston Hughes
La solinga megera, gravemente,
S'accompagnava nelle note basse
Battendo sulle casse
Coll'ossa delle gambe macilente.
"Veritas, Vanitas!" by Ferdinando Fontana
Coarse woven cloth
The beach at Fujie:
Catching sea bass,
A fisherman, is that what I'll seem?
As I journey on my way…
"Coarse woven cloth" by Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro
Along the wild wood-paths they sped,
The bridgeless streams they swam;
At set of moon they passed the Bass,
At sunrise Agawam.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The grouse's booming drum of bass
Peals from the hollow on your right,
Till 'larumed by your near approach
He wheels in sudden flight.
"Through October Fields" by James Edwin Campbell

In news:

Tournament bass fishing's most accomplished team.
When North Carolina bass angler Jeff Coble became the 51st and final qualifier for the 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Classic, his immediate thoughts weren't shock, awe or elation.
The weekend's best dance music: Trick or Bass, Guy Gerber, Peaches, Sonic Blossom and more.
Police spokesman Kenny Bass says Lorna Boguslawski of Jerome, Idaho, died on the scene of the crash about noon Wednesday.
Anthony Rees on bass and vocals.
Conspirator is the edgy electro-rock outfit formed by Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (the keyboardist and bass player from jam-band giants The Disco Biscuits), as well as New York producer DJ Omen.
The band – consisting of Ericka, her husband Mattaniah, a bass player named Geoff, and a drummer also named Jeff – gave a stellar performance of their original songs.
In December, a state study reported that cormorants had consumed an estimated 87.5 million fish from eastern Lake Ontario in 1998, including 1.3 million smallmouth bass, the lake's most popular sport species.
Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman, the evil genius who masterminded Chuck Bass's look and invented the Cleavage Rhombus, had a few things to say about the Parents Television Council's war against the show's impending threesome plotline.
Instead of burgers and fries, these days team loads up on items like roasted sea bass and brie and peach quesadillas.
Going offshore for bass is often what separates the men from the boys in tournaments.
The rig is so effective in certain situations that several bass organizations and several states have banned its use.
Now, I don't eat bass.
Bass tourneys over, crappie set to begin.
With last week's Superbass tournament on Lake Wappapello, the bass tourney season came to an end (unless there is one not on my schedule from the Corps of Engineers) for 2009.
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In science:

Bass et al., Software architecture in practice.
Examining the Impact of Platform Properties on Quality Attributes
Bass et al., “Recommended best industrial practice for software architecture evaluation.” DTIC Document, Tech. R ep., 1997.
Examining the Impact of Platform Properties on Quality Attributes
Anche alle quote più basse, questo tasso è modesto.
Ionospheric HF radio propagation in problems and computer assignments
Tali frequenze raggiungerebbero prima delle altre la barriera venendo da questa trasmesse pi´u efficientemente di quelle pi´u basse.
Tempi di Tunnelling (Tunneling Times)
La frequenza a cui avviene la transizione tra il comportamento adiabatico, tipico delle basse frequenze, e quello in cui si presenta assorbimento o cessione di energia, fornisce una misura del tempo di interazione della particella con la barriera.
Tempi di Tunnelling (Tunneling Times)
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