(1)   Having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range
"A deep voice"
"A bass voice is lower than a baritone voice"
"A bass clarinet"


(2)   Nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishes
(3)   The member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
(4)   The lowest part of the musical range
(5)   The lowest adult male singing voice
(6)   The lowest part in polyphonic music
(7)   Any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)
(8)   The lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae
(9)   An adult male singer with the lowest voice

Etymology 1

, from .


  1. Of sound, a voice or an instrument, low in pitch or frequency.
    The giant spoke in a deep, bass, rumbling voice that shook me to my boots.


  1. A low spectrum of sound tones.
    Peter adjusted the equalizer on his audio equipment to emphasize the bass.
  2. A section of musical group that produces low-pitched sound, lower than tenor.
    The conductor preferred to situate the bass in the middle rear, rather than to one side of the orchestra.
  3. A male singer who sings in the bass range.
    Halfway through middle school, Edgar morphed from a soprano to a bass, much to the amazement and amusement of his fellow choristers.
  4. An instrument that plays in the bass range, in particular a double bass, bass guitar, electric bass or bass synthesiser.
    The musician swung the bass over his head like an axe and smashed it into the amplifier, creating a discordant howl of noise.
  5. The clef sign that indicates that the pitch of the notes is below middle C; a bass clef.
    The score had been written without the treble and bass, but it was easy to pick out which was which based on the location of the notes on the staff.

Etymology 2

Alteration of barse.


  1. The perch; any of various marine and freshwater fish resembling the perch, all within the order of Perciformes.

Usage notes

The plural bass refers to multiple fish of a single variety or species, whereas basses refers to multiple varieties or species.