double-bassist

double bass

[beys]
noun
the largest instrument of the violin family, having three or, usually, four strings, rested vertically on the floor when played.


Origin:
1720–30

double bassist, noun
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double bass (beɪs)
 
n
1.  Also called (US): bass viol, Informal name: bass fiddle 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
 
adj
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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