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contrabass

[kon-truh-beys] /ˈkɒn trəˌbeɪs/ Music.
noun
1.
(in any family of instruments) the member below the bass.
2.
(in the violin family) the double bass.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of such instruments:
a contrabass trombone.
Origin of contrabass
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Italian; see contrabasso
Related forms
contrabassist
[kon-truh-bey-sist, -bas-ist] /ˈkɒn trəˌbeɪ sɪst, -ˌbæs ɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Historical Examples
  • The bombardon in B flat or C, an octave lower than the euphonium, corresponds to the contrabass tuba in the orchestra.

  • For military purposes, this and the contrabass—the helicon—are circular.

  • Darwin had the contrabass played to an audience of sprouting garden-beans, in order to observe the effect of music on vegetation.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • As a contrabass to the rhythm of the blacksmiths hammer, the booming murmur of the sea trembled across the summer air.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • Down the shaded street the metallic rhythm of the anvil was breaking through the contrabass of the surf.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • The tone was pleasant and full, but not powerful enough for the contrabass register in a military band.

British Dictionary definitions for contrabass

contrabass

/ˌkɒntrəˈbeɪs/
noun
1.
a member of any of various families of musical instruments that is lower in pitch than the bass
2.
another name for double bass
adjective
3.
of or denoting the instrument of a family that is lower than the bass
Derived Forms
contrabassist (ˌkɒntrəˈbeɪsɪst; -ˈbæs-) noun
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