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BASS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bass mean? 

BASS (noun)
  The noun BASS has 8 senses:

1. the lowest part of the musical range
2. the lowest part in polyphonic music
3. an adult male singer with the lowest voice
4. the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae
5. any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)
6. the lowest adult male singing voice
7. the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
8. nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishes

  Familiarity information: BASS used as a noun is common.


BASS (adjective)
  The adjective BASS has 1 sense:

1. having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range

  Familiarity information: BASS used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BASS (noun)


Sense 1bass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The lowest part of the musical range

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("bass" is a kind of...):

pitch (the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration)


Sense 2bass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The lowest part in polyphonic music

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

bass part; bass

Hypernyms ("bass" is a kind of...):

part; voice (the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bass"):

basso continuo; continuo; figured bass; thorough bass (a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played)

ground bass (a short melody in the bass that is constantly repeated)


Sense 3bass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An adult male singer with the lowest voice

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

basso; bass

Hypernyms ("bass" is a kind of...):

singer; vocaliser; vocalist; vocalizer (a person who sings)


Sense 4bass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

sea bass; bass

Hypernyms ("bass" is a kind of...):

saltwater fish (flesh of fish from the sea used as food)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bass"):

striped bass; striper (caught along the Atlantic coast of the United States)

Holonyms ("bass" is a part of...):

sea bass (any of various food and sport fishes of the Atlantic coast of the United States having an elongated body and long spiny dorsal fin)


Sense 5bass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

freshwater bass; bass

Hypernyms ("bass" is a kind of...):

freshwater fish (flesh of fish from fresh water used as food)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bass"):

largemouth bass (flesh of largemouth bass)

smallmouth bass (flesh of smallmouth bass)

Holonyms ("bass" is a part of...):

freshwater bass (North American food and game fish)


Sense 6bass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The lowest adult male singing voice

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

bass voice; basso; bass

Hypernyms ("bass" is a kind of...):

singing voice (the musical quality of the voice while singing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bass"):

basso profundo (a very deep bass voice)


Sense 7bass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("bass" is a kind of...):

instrument; musical instrument (any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bass"):

bass fiddle; bass viol; bull fiddle; contrabass; double bass; string bass (largest and lowest member of the violin family)

bass guitar (the guitar with six strings that has the lowest pitch)

bass horn; sousaphone; tuba (the lowest brass wind instrument)

bombard; bombardon (a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family)


Sense 8bass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("bass" is a kind of...):

percoid; percoid fish; percoidean (any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bass"):

freshwater bass (North American food and game fish)


BASS (adjective)


Sense 1bass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range

Synonyms:

bass; deep

Context examples:

a deep voice / a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice / a bass clarinet

Similar:

low; low-pitched (used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency)


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