bass

\ \ Bass the fish [15] and bass the musical term [15] are of course completely unrelated words, with different pronunciations. Bass meaning ‘of the lowest register’ is simply a modified spelling of the adjective base, under the influence of Italian basso. Related words are bassoon [18], from French basson, and basset-horn [19], a partial translation of Italian corno di bassetto, literally ‘bass horn’.
\ \ The bass is a spiny-finned fish, and it may be that its name is related to Old English byrstbristle’. The Old English term for the fish was bærs, which survived dialectally until the 19th century in the form barse, and it is thought that it goes back to a Germanic base *bars- (source of German barsch); this may be cognate with *bors-, from which Old English byrst came. In the 15th century, barse underwent some sort of phonetic mutation to produce bass.
\ \ Cf.BASE, BASSOON

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  • Bass — (b[.a]s), n.; pl. {Bass}, and sometimes {Basses} (b[.a]s [e^]z). [A corruption of barse.] (Zo[ o]l.) 1. An edible, spiny finned fish, esp. of the genera {Roccus}, {Labrax}, and related genera. There are many species. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bass — [bas], der; es, Bässe [ bɛsə]: 1. Männerstimme in der tiefen Lage: er hat einen tiefen, rauen, sonoren Bass. 2. Sänger mit einer tiefen Stimme. Syn.: ↑ Bassist. 3. tiefste Stimme eines Musikstücks. 4. sehr tief klingendes größtes… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • bass — bass; bass·ing; bass·ist; bass·ly; bass·ness; bass·ra; con·tra·bass·ist; oc·to·bass; sub·bass; con·tra·bass; …   English syllables

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  • bass — bass1 [bās] n. [ME bas, BASE2; sp. infl. by It basso] 1. the range of the lowest male voice, usually from middle C to two or more octaves below 2. a) a voice or singer with such a range b) an instrument with a similar range within its family; …   English World dictionary

  • Bass — (b[=a]s), n. [F. basse, fr. bas low. See {Base}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. A bass, or deep, sound or tone. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) (a) The lowest part in a musical composition. (b) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, bass. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bass — Bass, a. Deep or grave in tone. [1913 Webster] {Bass clef} (Mus.), the character placed at the beginning of the staff containing the bass part of a musical composition. [See Illust. under {Clef}.] {Bass voice}, a deep sounding voice; a voice… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bass — Bass, estrecho de * * * En zoología, cualquiera de numerosas especies de peces, muchas apreciadas como alimento o pesca deportiva. La mayoría pertenece a tres familias (todas del orden Perciformes): 400 especies de serránido y mero; la familia… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • bass — the fish [15] and bass the musical term [15] are of course completely unrelated words, with different pronunciations. Bass meaning ‘of the lowest register’ is simply a modified spelling of the adjective base, under the influence of Italian basso …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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