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bass

noun uk   /beɪs/ (plural basses) us  
[C or U] the lowest range of musical notes, or a man with a singing voice in this range: He sings bass. Italy's leading bassVoice rangesNotes of the musical scale [U] the set of low musical sounds on a radio, music system, etc.: Turn down the bass.Recording sounds and imagesAmplifiers, microphones and speakers [C] a double bassString instruments [C] (also bass guitar) an electric guitar with four strings that plays very low notes: He plays bass guitar.String instruments

bass

adjective [before noun] uk   /beɪs/ us  
playing, singing, or producing the lowest range of musical notes: a bass drum/guitar/tromboneDescribing qualities of sound
(Definition of bass noun, adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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