From King Dictionary of Contemporary English bass bass 1 / beɪs / noun 1 [countable ] APM LOW SOUND OR VOICE a very low male singing voice, or a man with a voice like this 2 [singular ] APM the part of a musical work that is written for a singer with a bass voice → alto 2 (2 ) , baritone 1 (2 ) , soprano 1 (2 ) , tenor 1 (2 ) 3 [uncountable ] APM the lower half of the whole range of musical notes → treble 4 [countable ] APM a bass guitar The band features Johnson on bass . (=playing the bass guitar ) 5 [countable ] APM a double bass Examples from the Corpus bass • The electric bass had a punchy, dynamic range that would become identified with rhythm & blues. • Status Series 2 5- string bass, £875. • Andersen and Towner have a perfect understanding, and the bass is employed both rhythmically and melodically to great effect. bass bass 2 adjective [only before noun ] a bass instrument or voice produces low notes a bass drum Examples from the Corpus bass • Placement of the bass module is particularly critical. • You need to play the bass notes slightly louder. • There are Eko 12-string necks and bodies, curious banjo necks, oddball Eko violin bass parts and lots, lots more. • This single speaker unit is designed to add to an existing hi fi setup to provide a dramatic improvement in bass reproduction. • You might get a bass riff or something, as a hook for the song, but the solos were strictly adlib. • Jim was asked to sing the bass solos. • It will give that tight West Coast strum with the bass strings becoming almost percussive. • Then from 1968-70. he played bass trombone and tuba with Doe Severinson s band. • He sang popular songs for us in his deep bass voice. bass bass 3 / bæs / noun ( plural bass ) [countable ] HBF DF a fish that can be eaten and lives in both rivers and the sea Examples from the Corpus bass • California, which has no native largemouth bass, imported fast-growing, long-living Florida-strain bass in the 1950s. • Ostinatos Ostinatos occur as a brief recurring motif or as a repeating bass in the form of a chaconne or ground. • Andersen and Towner have a perfect understanding, and the bass is employed both rhythmically and melodically to great effect.