Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several North American freshwater fishes of the family Centrarchidae, related to but larger than the sunfishes.
  • n. Any of various marine fishes of the family Serranidae, such as the sea bass and the striped bass.
  • n. A low-pitched sound or tone.
  • n. The tones in the lowest register of an instrument.
  • n. A male singing voice of the lowest range.
  • n. A singer who has such a voice.
  • n. An instrument that sounds within this range.
  • n. A vocal or instrumental part written within this range.
  • n. An instrument, especially a double bass, that produces tones in a low register.
  • adj. Having a deep tone.
  • adj. Low in pitch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of sound, a voice or an instrument, low in pitch or frequency.
  • n. A low spectrum of sound tones.
  • n. A section of musical group that produces low-pitched sound, lower than tenor.
  • n. A male singer who sings in the bass range.
  • n. An instrument that plays in the bass range, in particular a double bass, bass guitar, electric bass or bass synthesiser.
  • n. The clef sign that indicates that the pitch of the notes is below middle C; a bass clef.
  • v. To sound in a deep tone.
  • n. The perch; any of various marine and freshwater fish resembling the perch, all within the order of Perciformes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An edible, spiny-finned fish, esp. of the genera Roccus, Labrax, and related genera. There are many species.
  • n. The two American fresh-water species of black bass (genus Micropterus). See Black bass.
  • n. Species of Serranus, the sea bass and rock bass. See Sea bass.
  • n. The southern, red, or channel bass (Sciæna ocellata). See Redfish.
  • n. The linden or lime tree, sometimes wrongly called whitewood; also, its bark, which is used for making mats. See bast.
  • n. A hassock or thick mat.
  • n. A bass, or deep, sound or tone.
  • n.
  • n. The lowest part in a musical composition.
  • n. One who sings, or the instrument which plays, bass.
  • adj. Deep or grave in tone.
  • transitive v. To sound in a deep tone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, the perch, but now restricted to fishes more or less like the true perch.
  • n. Same as bast.
  • n. The American linden or lime-tree, Tilia Americana. See basswood.
  • n. A mat made of bass or bast; a bass-mat; hence, any thick mat or matting; formerly, a straw hassock or cushion.
  • In music, low; deep; grave.
  • n. In music, the lowest part in the harmony of a musical composition, whether vocal or instrumental.
  • n. 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. A singer having such a voice.
  • n. A musical instrument of any class having a deep, grave tone, excelled in gravity only by the contrabass.
  • n. Same as bass clef (which see, under clef).
  • To sing or play the bass part of; accompany with the bass.
  • To sound in a deep tone.
  • To take the bass part in a concerted piece of music: as, he basses very steadily.
  • n. In coal-mining, black carbonaceous shale.
  • To kiss.
  • n. A kiss; a buss.
  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the lowest part of the musical range
  • adj. having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range
  • n. the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae
  • n. the lowest adult male singing voice
  • n. the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
  • n. the lowest part in polyphonic music
  • n. nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishes
  • n. an adult male singer with the lowest voice
  • n. any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)

Etymologies

Middle English *bars, perch, from Old English bærs.
Middle English bas, lowest musical part, from bas, low; see base2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian basso ("low"), from Latin bassus ("low"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • the fish is so named because of its spiny dorsal fin

    November 24, 2008

  • Also, the makers of the Weejun:

    November 22, 2007

  • A voice, too. What a versatile word.

    November 22, 2007

  • Musical instrument; a fish.

    November 22, 2007