Figured bass
Figured Fig"ured, a. 1. Adorned with figures; marked with figures; as, figured muslin. [1913 Webster]

2. Not literal; figurative. [Obs.] --Locke. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mus.) (a) Free and florid; as, a figured descant. See {Figurate}, 3. (b) Indicated or noted by figures. [1913 Webster]

{Figured bass}. See {Continued bass}, under {Continued}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Figured bass — Melody from the opening of Henry Purcell s Thy Hand, Belinda , Dido and Aeneas (1689) with figured bass below (   …   Wikipedia

  • figured bass — noun a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑basso continuo, ↑continuo, ↑thorough bass • Hypernyms: ↑bass, ↑bass part * * * ˌfigured ˈbass 7 …   Useful english dictionary

  • figured bass — /bays/, Music. a bass part in which the notes have numbers under them indicating the chords to be played. [1795 1805] * * * …   Universalium

  • figured bass — noun /ˈfɪɡjɚdbeɪs/ A musical notation in which intervals, chords and harmonizations are indicated by numbers written below a given bass note. See Also: basso continuo …   Wiktionary

  • figured bass — noun Music a bass line with the intended harmonies indicated by figures rather than written out as chords, typical of continuo parts …   English new terms dictionary

  • figured bass — fig′ured bass′ [[t]beɪs[/t]] n. mad continuo • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

  • figured bass — /fɪgəd ˈbeɪs/ (say figuhd bays) noun a bass part in a musical score with numbers added under the notes to indicate the chords to be played …   Australian English dictionary

  • figured bass — noun Date: 1801 continuo …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • figured bass — англ. [фи/гэд бэ/йс] цифрованный бас …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • Figured — Fig ured, a. 1. Adorned with figures; marked with figures; as, figured muslin. [1913 Webster] 2. Not literal; figurative. [Obs.] Locke. [1913 Webster] 3. (Mus.) (a) Free and florid; as, a figured descant. See {Figurate}, 3. (b) Indicated or noted …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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