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continuo

[kuh n-tin-yoo-oh] /kənˈtɪn yuˌoʊ/
noun, plural continuos. Music.
1.
a keyboard accompanying part consisting originally of a figured bass, which in modern scores is usually realized, and serving to provide or fill out the harmonic texture.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian: literally, continuous
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British Dictionary definitions for continuos

continuo

/kənˈtɪnjʊˌəʊ/
noun (pl) -os
1.
(music)
  1. a shortened form of basso continuo See thorough bass
  2. (as modifier): a continuo accompaniment
2.
the thorough-bass part as played on a keyboard instrument, often supported by a cello, bassoon, etc
Word Origin
Italian, literally: continuous
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