figured bass

figured bass

[beys]
noun Music.
a bass part in which the notes have numbers under them indicating the chords to be played.

Origin:
1795–1805

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figured bass (beɪs)
 
n
a shorthand method of indicating a thorough-bass part in which each bass note is accompanied by figures indicating the intervals to be played in the chord above it in the realization

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