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

  • n. A musical line in the bass that is continually repeated throughout the composition.
  • n. A composition in which such a line appears.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The repetition of a bassline or harmonic pattern as the basis of a piece underneath variations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. fundamental base; a fundamental base continually repeated to a varied melody.

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

  • n. a short melody in the bass that is constantly repeated

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