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- n. The largest kind of bass viol.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The largest kind of bass viol. See violone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as contrabass.
His booming contrabasso voice makes middle-aged ladies squeal in delight and his pithy, homily-laden retorts are greeted with roars of approval.
He is represented, as is well known, seated in the group of musicians in the centre, and playing the contrabasso.
It is not so cheerful, perhaps, as its predecessor in the same key; the heavy basses twanging in tenths like a contrabasso are intentionally monotone in effect.
Finally, an old hound which appeared to be gifted with a peculiarly robust temperament kept supplying the part of contrabasso, so that his growls resembled the rumbling of a bass singer when a chorus is in full cry, and the tenors are rising on tiptoe in their efforts to compass a particularly high note, and the whole body of choristers are wagging their heads before approaching a climax, and this contrabasso alone is tucking his bearded chin into his collar, and sinking almost to a squatting posture on the floor, in order to produce a note which shall cause the windows to shiver and their panes to crack.