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double bass

[beys] /beɪs/
noun
1.
the largest instrument of the violin family, having three or, usually, four strings, rested vertically on the floor when played.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30
Related forms
double bassist, noun
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double bass

/beɪs/
noun
1.
Also called (US) bass viol. a stringed instrument, the largest and lowest member of the violin family. Range: almost three octaves upwards from E in the space between the fourth and fifth leger lines below the bass staff. It is normally bowed in classical music, but it is very common in a jazz or dance band, where it is practically always played pizzicato Informal name bass fiddle
adjective
2.
of or relating to an instrument whose pitch lies below that regarded as the bass; contrabass
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double bass definition


Another name for the bass viol.

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