from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See double bass.
- adj. Pitched an octave below the normal bass range.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. part or section one octave lower than bass.
- n. double bass, string bass
- n. person or instrument performing the contrabass part.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lowest stringed instrument of the violin family; the double bass; -- also applied to any instrument of the same deep range as the stringed double bass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, sounding an octave lower than another instrument of the same class, or furnishing the lowest tones in a family of instruments: as, a contrabass trombone, saxhorn, etc.
- n. The largest instrument of the viol class; the double-bass (which see). Also contrabasso.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. pitched an octave below normal bass instrumental or vocal range
- n. largest and lowest member of the violin family
Obsolete Italian contrabasso : Italian contra-, against (from Latin contrā-; see contra-) + Italian basso, bass (from Medieval Latin bassus, low).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian contrabbasso, from contra ("against") + basso ("low"). (Wiktionary)