contrabass definition

  • noun:
    • See double bass.
    • component or area one octave below bass.
    • double-bass, string bass
    • individual or instrument performing the contrabass part.
    • The lowest stringed tool associated with violin family; the double-bass; -- also placed on any tool of the same deep range while the stringed double bass.
    • the greatest tool regarding the viol class; the double-bass (which see). Also contrabasso.
    • largest and least expensive member of the violin household
  • adjective:
    • Pitched an octave underneath the typical bass range.
    • pitched an octave below typical bass instrumental or vocal range
  • others:
    • In songs, sounding an octave less than another tool of the same course, or furnishing the cheapest shades in a family group of tools: as, a contrabass trombone, saxhorn, etc.

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