bass


bass
{{11}}bass (adj.) late 14c., of things, "low, not high," from L.L. bassus "short, low" (see BASE (Cf. base) (adj.)). Meaning "low in social scale or rank" is recorded from late 14c. Of voices and music notes, from mid-15c. (technically, ranging from the E flat below the bass stave to the F above it), infuenced by It. basso. Meaning "lowest part of a harmonized musical composition" is from mid-15c. Meaning "bass-viol" is from 1702; that of "double-bass" is from 1927.
{{12}}bass (n.) freshwater fish, early 15c. corruption of O.E. bærs "a fish, perch," from P.Gmc. base *bars- "sharp" (Cf. M.Du. baerse, M.H.G. bars, Ger. Barsch "perch," Ger. barsch "rough"), from PIE root *bhors- "bristle." The fish was so called for its dorsal fins. For loss of -r-, Cf. ASS (Cf. ass) (2).

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  • Bass — bezeichnet: Bass (Akustik), Schallwellen mit tiefen Frequenzen („tiefe Töne“) Bass (Instrument), ein Musikinstrument mit Bass Tonlage oder das tiefste Instrument einer Instrumentenfamilie Bass (Stimmlage), eine tiefe Männer Stimmlage,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bass — [bas], der; es, Bässe [ bɛsə]: 1. Männerstimme in der tiefen Lage: er hat einen tiefen, rauen, sonoren Bass. 2. Sänger mit einer tiefen Stimme. Syn.: ↑ Bassist. 3. tiefste Stimme eines Musikstücks. 4. sehr tief klingendes größtes… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Bass — (b[.a]s), n.; pl. {Bass}, and sometimes {Basses} (b[.a]s [e^]z). [A corruption of barse.] (Zo[ o]l.) 1. An edible, spiny finned fish, esp. of the genera {Roccus}, {Labrax}, and related genera. There are many species. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bass — (b[.a]s), n.; pl. {Bass}, and sometimes {Basses} (b[.a]s [e^]z). [A corruption of barse.] (Zo[ o]l.) 1. An edible, spiny finned fish, esp. of the genera {Roccus}, {Labrax}, and related genera. There are many species. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bass — bass; bass·ing; bass·ist; bass·ly; bass·ness; bass·ra; con·tra·bass·ist; oc·to·bass; sub·bass; con·tra·bass; …   English syllables

  • Bass — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Bass puede referirse a: Bass, un apellido; la palabra inglesa para describir los sonidos graves, o por extensión un instrumento capaz de producir tonos graves, en general, lo que en español se denomina bajo; Bass, un …   Wikipedia Español

  • bass — bass1 [bās] n. [ME bas, BASE2; sp. infl. by It basso] 1. the range of the lowest male voice, usually from middle C to two or more octaves below 2. a) a voice or singer with such a range b) an instrument with a similar range within its family; …   English World dictionary

  • Bass — (b[=a]s), n. [F. basse, fr. bas low. See {Base}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. A bass, or deep, sound or tone. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) (a) The lowest part in a musical composition. (b) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, bass. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bass — Bass, a. Deep or grave in tone. [1913 Webster] {Bass clef} (Mus.), the character placed at the beginning of the staff containing the bass part of a musical composition. [See Illust. under {Clef}.] {Bass voice}, a deep sounding voice; a voice… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bass — Bass, estrecho de * * * En zoología, cualquiera de numerosas especies de peces, muchas apreciadas como alimento o pesca deportiva. La mayoría pertenece a tres familias (todas del orden Perciformes): 400 especies de serránido y mero; la familia… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • bass — the fish [15] and bass the musical term [15] are of course completely unrelated words, with different pronunciations. Bass meaning ‘of the lowest register’ is simply a modified spelling of the adjective base, under the influence of Italian basso …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins


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