a strip of wood glued lengthwise inside the belly of instruments of the violin family, used to spread vibrations over the surface.


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    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. Historical Examples Primarily (besides the bass clef), in Italy and Germany, only the tenor clef was used, and the alto clef in France. The Violoncello and […]

  • Bass drum

    the largest and lowest toned of drums, having a cylindrical body and two membrane heads. Historical Examples Then he got a bass drum which Curtis learned to play, and a very warlike sound often went up from the peaceful old homestead. My Boyhood John Burroughs The colonel called out, “What’s the matter with the bass […]

  • Bass fiddle

    double bass. Historical Examples A fat water-beetle played a bass fiddle as big and fat as himself, and two pretty ladybugs played the violins. Twinkle and Chubbins L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum The time when I thought it was time to get out was when the bass fiddle and the ‘cello got to burning. Chicago’s […]

  • Bass horn

    tuba. an obsolete wind instrument related to the tuba but resembling a bassoon in shape. Historical Examples Not a fluttering whistle like the postman’s, nor a heavy tone like an organ pipe or bass horn. What the Mother of a Deaf Child Ought to Know John Dutton Wright

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