from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The largest bowed stringed instrument in the modern orchestra, also used frequently in jazz ensembles, especially played pizzicato. The double bass, usually considered a member of the violin family, is tuned in fourths and has the sloping shoulders and flat back characteristic of the viols. It has a deep range, going as low as three octaves below middle C.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A musical instrument, the largest and deepest of the viol family, having 3 or 4 strings, with a compass of over 3 octaves from the third E below middle C.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun music The largest
stringed instrumentof the violinfamily.
- noun The
deepestof all male voices.
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- noun largest and lowest member of the violin family
- adjective pitched an octave below normal bass instrumental or vocal range
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[double, tuned an octave lower than (from the fact that a string or pipe that is twice the length of another gives a pitch an octave lower) + bass.]
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