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figured bass

[beys] /beɪs/
noun, Music.
a bass part in which the notes have numbers under them indicating the chords to be played.
Origin of figured bass
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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British Dictionary definitions for figured-bass

figured bass

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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