double bass
Violone Vi`o*lo"ne, n. [It. violone, augment. of viola a viol. See {Viol}.] (Mus.) The largest instrument of the bass-viol kind, having strings tuned an octave below those of the violoncello; the contrabasso; -- called also {double bass}. [Written also {violono}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • double bass — double bassist. /bays/ the largest instrument of the violin family, having three or, usually, four strings, rested vertically on the floor when played. Also called bass fiddle, bass viol, contrabass, string bass. [1720 30] * * * Lowest pitched of …   Universalium

  • Double bass — Double Dou ble (d[u^]b l), a. [OE. doble, duble, double, OF. doble, duble, double, F. double, fr. L. duplus, fr. the root of duo two, and perh. that of plenus full; akin to Gr. diplo os double. See {Two}, and {Full}, and cf. {Diploma}, {Duple}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • double bass — noun count a large musical instrument shaped like a VIOLIN that you rest on the floor and play standing up by pulling a bow across its strings. A double bass is a type of stringed instrument …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • double bass — [ˌdʌbəl ˈbeıs] n also bass a very large musical instrument shaped like a ↑violin that the musician plays standing up …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Double Bass —   [englisch, dʌbl beɪs], Kontrabass …   Universal-Lexikon

  • double bass — ► NOUN ▪ the largest and lowest pitched instrument of the violin family …   English terms dictionary

  • double bass — [bās] n. the largest and deepest toned instrument of the violin family (formerly, of the viol family), with a range of approximately three octaves …   English World dictionary

  • Double bass — Contrabass redirects here. For other uses, see Contrabass (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Acoustic bass guitar. For the technique used in percussion, see Double bass drum. Double Bass Side and front views of a modern double bass with a… …   Wikipedia

  • double bass — noun largest and lowest member of the violin family (Freq. 3) • Syn: ↑bass fiddle, ↑bass viol, ↑bull fiddle, ↑contrabass, ↑string bass • Hypernyms: ↑bowed stringed instrument, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • double bass — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms double bass : singular double bass plural double basses music a large musical instrument shaped like a violin that you rest on the floor and play standing up by pulling a bow across its strings. A double bass… …   English dictionary

  • double bass — [[t]dʌ̱b(ə)l be͟ɪs[/t]] double basses also double bass N VAR: oft the N A double bass is the largest instrument in the violin family …   English dictionary

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