bass clef
noun Date: circa 1771 1. a clef placing the F below middle C on the fourth line of the staff 2. the bass staff

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Bass clef — Clef Clef (kl[e^]f; 277), n. [F. clef key, a key in music, fr. L. clavis key. See {Clavicle}.] (Mus.) A character used in musical notation to determine the position and pitch of the scale as represented on the staff. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bass clef — 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 clef — [ ,beıs klef ] noun count the symbol used at the beginning of a line of music to show that the notes following it are to be played at the lower end of the instrument s range ─ compare TREBLE CLEF …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bass clef — ► NOUN Music ▪ a clef placing F below middle C on the second highest line of the stave …   English terms dictionary

  • bass clef — [bās] n. Music 1. a sign on a staff, indicating the position of F below middle C on the fourth line: see CLEF 2. the range of notes on a staff so marked …   English World dictionary

  • bass clef — [ˌbeıs ˈklef] n a sign at the beginning of a line of written music that shows that the top line of the ↑stave is the A below ↑middle C …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bass clef — bass′ clef [[t]beɪs[/t]] n. mad a symbol placed on the fourth line of a musical staff indicating that the fourth line corresponds to F below middle C • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • bass clef — noun a clef that puts the F below middle C on the fourth line of a staff • Syn: ↑F clef • Hypernyms: ↑clef * * * noun Etymology: bass (III) 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • bass clef — UK [ˌbeɪs ˈklef] / US noun [countable] Word forms bass clef : singular bass clef plural bass clefs music the symbol used at the beginning of a line of music to show that the notes following it are to be played at the lower end of the instrument s …   English dictionary

  • bass clef — /bays/, Music. a symbol placed on the fourth line of a staff to indicate that the fourth line of the staff corresponds to the F next below middle C; F clef. [1900 05] * * * …   Universalium

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