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ground bass

[beys] /beɪs/
noun, Music.
1.
a short fundamental bass part continually repeated throughout a movement.
Origin of ground bass
1690-1700
1690-1700
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  • So lonely was it, so plunged in a ground-bass of silence; so much too big and permanent for any figure of man.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • It is the ground-bass of love, however transcendentalised, and whether it give birth to children or ideas.

    A Poor Man's House Stephen Sydney Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for ground-bass

ground bass

/beɪs/
noun
1.
(music) a short melodic bass line that is repeated over and over again
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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