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

  • n. An independent bass line, usually realized on a keyboard instrument, in which numerals written underneath the notes indicate the kinds of harmony to be played. Also called basso continuo, figured bass, thoroughbass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Basso continuo, or continued bass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Italian, from Latin continuus, continuous; see continue.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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