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NOUN (8)

1. the lowest part of the musical range;

2. the lowest part in polyphonic music;
[syn: bass, bass part]

3. an adult male singer with the lowest voice;
[syn: bass, basso]

4. the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae;
[syn: sea bass, bass]

5. any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus);
[syn: freshwater bass, bass]

6. the lowest adult male singing voice;
[syn: bass, bass voice, basso]

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;


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range;
- Example: "a deep voice"
- Example: "a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice"
- Example: "a bass clarinet"
[syn: bass, deep]

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9 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Base \Base\ (b[=a]s), a. [OE. bass, F. bas, low, fr. LL. bassus thick, fat, short, humble; cf. L. Bassus, a proper name, and W. bas shallow. Cf. Bass a part in music.] 1. Of little, or less than the usual, height; of low growth; as, base shrubs. [Archaic] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Low in place or position. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Of humble birth; or low degree; lowly; mean. [Archaic] "A peasant and base swain." --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 4. Illegitimate by birth; bastard. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Why bastard? wherefore base? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. Of little comparative value, as metal inferior to gold and silver, the precious metals. [1913 Webster] 6. Alloyed with inferior metal; debased; as, base coin; base bullion. [1913 Webster] 7. Morally low. Hence: Low-minded; unworthy; without dignity of sentiment; ignoble; mean; illiberal; menial; as, a base fellow; base motives; base occupations. "A cruel act of a base and a cowardish mind." --Robynson (More's Utopia). "Base ingratitude." --Milton. [1913 Webster] 8. Not classical or correct. "Base Latin." --Fuller. [1913 Webster] 9. Deep or grave in sound; as, the base tone of a violin. [In this sense, commonly written bass.] [1913 Webster] 10. (Law) Not held by honorable service; as, a base estate, one held by services not honorable; held by villenage. Such a tenure is called base, or low, and the tenant, a base tenant. [1913 Webster] Base fee, formerly, an estate held at the will of the lord; now, a qualified fee. See note under Fee, n., 4. Base metal. See under Metal. [1913 Webster] Syn: Dishonorable; worthless; ignoble; low-minded; infamous; sordid; degraded. Usage: Base, Vile, Mean. These words, as expressing moral qualities, are here arranged in the order of their strength, the strongest being placed first. Base marks a high degree of moral turpitude; vile and mean denote, in different degrees, the lack of what is valuable or worthy of esteem. What is base excites our abhorrence; what is vile provokes our disgust or indignation; what is mean awakens contempt. Base is opposed to high-minded; vile, to noble; mean, to liberal or generous. Ingratitude is base; sycophancy is vile; undue compliances are mean. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Base \Base\, n. [F. base, L. basis, fr. Gr. ba`sis a stepping, step, a base, pedestal, fr. bai`nein to go, step, akin to E. come. Cf. Basis, and see Come.] 1. The bottom of anything, considered as its support, or that on which something rests for support; the foundation; as, the base of a statue. "The base of mighty mountains." --Prescott. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: The fundamental or essential part of a thing; the essential principle; a groundwork. [1913 Webster] 3. (Arch.) (a) The lower part of a wall, pier, or column, when treated as a separate feature, usually in projection, or especially ornamented. (b) The lower part of a complete architectural design, as of a monument; also, the lower part of any elaborate piece of furniture or decoration. [1913 Webster] 4. (Bot.) That extremity of a leaf, fruit, etc., at which it is attached to its support. [1913 Webster] 5. (Chem.) The positive, or non-acid component of a salt; a substance which, combined with an acid, neutralizes the latter and forms a salt; -- applied also to the hydroxides of the positive elements or radicals, and to certain organic bodies resembling them in their property of forming salts with acids. [1913 Webster] 6. (Pharmacy) The chief ingredient in a compound. [1913 Webster] 7. (Dyeing) A substance used as a mordant. --Ure. [1913 Webster] 8. (Fort.) The exterior side of the polygon, or that imaginary line which connects the salient angles of two adjacent bastions. [1913 Webster] 9. (Geom.) The line or surface constituting that part of a figure on which it is supposed to stand. [1913 Webster] 10. (Math.) The number from which a mathematical table is constructed; as, the base of a system of logarithms. [1913 Webster] 11. [See Base low.] A low, or deep, sound. (Mus.) (a) The lowest part; the deepest male voice. (b) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, base. [Now commonly written bass.] [1913 Webster] The trebles squeak for fear, the bases roar. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 12. (Mil.) A place or tract of country, protected by fortifications, or by natural advantages, from which the operations of an army proceed, forward movements are made, supplies are furnished, etc. [1913 Webster] 13. (Mil.) The smallest kind of cannon. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 14. (Zool.) That part of an organ by which it is attached to another more central organ. [1913 Webster] 15. (Crystallog.) The basal plane of a crystal. [1913 Webster] 16. (Geol.) The ground mass of a rock, especially if not distinctly crystalline. [1913 Webster] 17. (Her.) The lower part of the field. See Escutcheon. [1913 Webster] 18. The housing of a horse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 19. pl. A kind of skirt (often of velvet or brocade, but sometimes of mailed armor) which hung from the middle to about the knees, or lower. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 20. The lower part of a robe or petticoat. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 21. An apron. [Obs.] "Bakers in their linen bases." --Marston. [1913 Webster] 22. The point or line from which a start is made; a starting place or a goal in various games. [1913 Webster] To their appointed base they went. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 23. (Surv.) A line in a survey which, being accurately determined in length and position, serves as the origin from which to compute the distances and positions of any points or objects connected with it by a system of triangles. --Lyman. [1913 Webster] 24. A rustic play; -- called also prisoner's base, prison base, or bars. "To run the country base." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 25. (Baseball) Any one of the four bounds which mark the circuit of the infield. [1913 Webster] Altern base. See under Altern. Attic base. (Arch.) See under Attic. Base course. (Arch.) (a) The first or lower course of a foundation wall, made of large stones or a mass of concrete; -- called also foundation course. (b) The architectural member forming the transition between the basement and the wall above. Base hit (Baseball), a hit, by which the batsman, without any error on the part of his opponents, is able to reach the first base without being put out. Base line. (a) A main line taken as a base, as in surveying or in military operations. (b) A line traced round a cannon at the rear of the vent. Base plate, the foundation plate of heavy machinery, as of the steam engine; the bed plate. Base ring (Ordnance), a projecting band of metal around the breech, connected with the body of the gun by a concave molding. --H. L. Scott. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bass \Bass\, n. [A corruption of bast.] 1. (Bot.) The linden or lime tree, sometimes wrongly called whitewood; also, its bark, which is used for making mats. See Bast. [1913 Webster] 2. (Pron. ?) A hassock or thick mat. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bass \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 base.] [1913 Webster] Thorough bass. See Thorough bass. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 fitted for singing bass. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bass \Bass\ (b[.a]s), n.; pl. Bass, and sometimes Basses (b[.a]s"[e^]z). [A corruption of barse.] (Zool.) 1. An edible, spiny-finned fish, esp. of the genera Roccus, Labrax, and related genera. There are many species. [1913 Webster] Note: The common European bass is Labrax lupus. American species are: the striped bass (Roccus lineatus); white or silver bass of the lakes (Roccus chrysops); brass or yellow bass (Roccus interruptus). [1913 Webster] 2. The two American fresh-water species of black bass (genus Micropterus). See Black bass. [1913 Webster] 3. Species of Serranus, the sea bass and rock bass. See Sea bass. [1913 Webster] 4. The southern, red, or channel bass (Sci[ae]na ocellata). See Redfish. [1913 Webster] Note: The name is also applied to many other fishes. See Calico bass, under Calico. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bass \Bass\, v. t. To sound in a deep tone. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Bassa
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

bass adj 1: having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range; "a deep voice"; "a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice"; "a bass clarinet" [syn: bass, deep] n 1: the lowest part of the musical range 2: the lowest part in polyphonic music [syn: bass, bass part] 3: an adult male singer with the lowest voice [syn: bass, basso] 4: the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae [syn: sea bass, bass] 5: any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus) [syn: freshwater bass, bass] 6: the lowest adult male singing voice [syn: bass, bass voice, basso] 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
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

143 Moby Thesaurus words for "bass": A string, Amati, Cremona, D string, E string, G string, Heldentenor, Meistersinger, Strad, Stradivari, Stradivarius, accompaniment, alto, aria singer, baritenor, baritone, bass viol, basso, basso buffo, basso cantante, basso continuo, basso ostinato, basso profundo, bassus, blues singer, bourdon, bow, bravura, bridge, bull fiddle, burden, canary, cantatrice, canto, cantor, cantus, cantus figuratus, cantus planus, caroler, cello, chanter, chantress, chest voice, choral, choric, coloratura, coloratura soprano, comic bass, continuo, contrabass, contralto, countertenor, crooner, crowd, deep, deep bass, deep-echoing, deep-pitched, deep-toned, deepmouthed, descant, diva, double bass, dramatic, dramatic soprano, drone, drone bass, falsetto, fiddle, fiddlebow, fiddlestick, figured bass, fingerboard, grave, ground bass, head voice, heavy, heroic, heroic tenor, hollow, hymnal, hymner, improvisator, kit, kit fiddle, kit violin, lead singer, lieder singer, line, liturgical, low, low-pitched, lyric, melodist, mezzo-soprano, opera singer, operatic, part, plain chant, plain song, prick song, prima donna, psalm singer, psalmic, psalmodial, psalmodic, rock-and-roll singer, sacred, scroll, sepulchral, singer, singing, singstress, songbird, songster, songstress, soprano, soundboard, string, tenor, tenor violin, thorough bass, torch singer, treble, tuning peg, undersong, viola, violin, violinette, violoncello, violoncello piccolo, violone, violotta, vocal, vocalist, vocalizer, voce, voce di petto, voce di testa, voice, voice part, warbler, yodeler