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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An independent bassline, usually realized on a keyboard instrument, in which numerals written underneath the notes indicate the kinds of harmony to be played.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as figured bass, which see, under bass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mus.) Basso continuo, or continued bass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music The bass line of music, especially for a keyboard instrument, that continues throughout a work

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

  • noun a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played

Etymologies

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

[Italian, from Latin continuus, continuous; see continue.]

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