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  9  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bass  \Bass\,  n.  [A  corruption  of  bast.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  The  linden  or  lime  tree,  sometimes  wrongly  called 
  {whitewood};  also  its  bark,  which  is  used  for  making 
  mats.  See  {Bast}. 
 
  2.  (Pron.  ?)  A  hassock  or  thick  mat. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bass  \Bass\,  n.  [F.  basse,  fr  bas  low  See  {Base},  a.] 
  1.  A  bass,  or  deep,  sound  or  tone. 
 
  2.  (Mus.) 
  a  The  lowest  part  in  a  musical  composition. 
  b  One  who  sings,  or  the  instrument  which  plays,  bass. 
  [Written  also  {base}.] 
 
  {Thorough  bass}.  See  {Thorough  bass}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bass  \Bass\,  a. 
  Deep  or  grave  in  tone. 
 
  {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  fitted  for 
  singing  bass. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bass  \Bass\,  n.;  pl  {Bass},  and  sometimes  {Basses}.  [A 
  corruption  of  barse.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  1.  An  edible,  spiny-finned  fish,  esp.  of  the  genera  {Roccus}, 
  {Labrax},  and  related  genera.  There  are  many  species. 
 
  Note:  The  common  European  bass  is  {Labrax  lupus}.  American 
  species  are:  the  striped  bass  ({Roccus  lineatus}); 
  white  or  silver  bass  of  the  lakes.  ({R.  chrysops}); 
  brass  or  yellow  bass  ({R.  interruptus}). 
 
  2.  The  two  American  fresh-water  species  of  black  bass  (genus 
  {Micropterus}).  See  {Black  bass}. 
 
  3.  Species  of  {Serranus},  the  sea  bass  and  rock  bass.  See 
  {Sea  bass}. 
 
  4.  The  southern,  red,  or  channel  bass  ({Sci[ae]na  ocellata}). 
  See  {Redfish}. 
 
  Note:  The  name  is  also  applied  to  many  other  fishes.  See 
  {Calico  bass},  under  {Calico}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bass  \Bass\,  v.  t. 
  To  sound  in  a  deep  tone.  [R.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
 
 
  5.  (Chem.)  The  positive,  or  non-acid  component  of  a  salt;  a 
  substance  which  combined  with  an  acid,  neutralizes  the 
  latter  and  forms  a  salt;  --  applied  also  to  the  hydroxides 
  of  the  positive  elements  or  radicals,  and  to  certain 
  organic  bodies  resembling  them  in  their  property  of 
  forming  salts  with  acids. 
 
  6.  (Pharmacy)  The  chief  ingredient  in  a  compound. 
 
  7.  (Dyeing)  A  substance  used  as  a  mordant.  --Ure. 
 
  8.  (Fort.)  The  exterior  side  of  the  polygon,  or  that 
  imaginary  line  which  connects  the  salient  angles  of  two 
  adjacent  bastions. 
 
  9.  (Geom.)  The  line  or  surface  constituting  that  part  of  a 
  figure  on  which  it  is  supposed  to  stand 
 
  10.  (Math.)  The  number  from  which  a  mathematical  table  is 
  constructed;  as  the  base  of  a  system  of  logarithms. 
 
  11.  [See  {Base}  low.]  A  low  or  deep,  sound.  (Mus.) 
  a  The  lowest  part  the  deepest  male  voice. 
  b  One  who  sings,  or  the  instrument  which  plays,  base. 
  [Now  commonly  written  {bass}.] 
 
  The  trebles  squeak  for  fear,  the  bases  roar. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  12.  (Mil.)  A  place  or  tract  of  country,  protected  by 
  fortifications,  or  by  natural  advantages,  from  which  the 
  operations  of  an  army  proceed,  forward  movements  are 
  made  supplies  are  furnished,  etc 
 
  13.  (Mil.)  The  smallest  kind  of  cannon.  [Obs.] 
 
  14.  (Zo["o]l.)  That  part  of  an  organ  by  which  it  is  attached 
  to  another  more  central  organ. 
 
  15.  (Crystallog.)  The  basal  plane  of  a  crystal. 
 
  16.  (Geol.)  The  ground  mass  of  a  rock,  especially  if  not 
  distinctly  crystalline. 
 
  17.  (Her.)  The  lower  part  of  the  field.  See  {Escutcheon}. 
 
  18.  The  housing  of  a  horse.  [Obs.] 
 
  19.  pl  A  kind  of  skirt  (  often  of  velvet  or  brocade,  but 
  sometimes  of  mailed  armor)  which  hung  from  the  middle  to 
  about  the  knees,  or  lower.  [Obs.] 
 
  20.  The  lower  part  of  a  robe  or  petticoat.  [Obs.] 
 
  21.  An  apron.  [Obs.]  ``Bakers  in  their  linen  bases.'' 
  --Marston. 
 
  22.  The  point  or  line  from  which  a  start  is  made  a  starting 
  place  or  a  goal  in  various  games. 
 
  To  their  appointed  base  they  went  --Dryden. 
 
  23.  (Surv.)  A  line  in  a  survey  which  being  accurately 
  determined  in  length  and  position,  serves  as  the  origin 
  from  which  to  compute  the  distances  and  positions  of  any 
  points  or  objects  connected  with  it  by  a  system  of 
  triangles.  --Lyman. 
 
  24.  A  rustic  play;  --  called  also  {prisoner's  base},  {prison 
  base},  or  {bars}.  ``To  run  the  country  base.''  --Shak. 
 
  25.  (Baseball)  Any  one  of  the  four  bounds  which  mark  the 
  circuit  of  the  infield. 
 
  {Altern  base}.  See  under  {Altern}. 
 
  {Attic  base}.  (Arch.)  See  under  {Attic}. 
 
  {Base  course}.  (Arch.) 
  a  The  first  or  lower  course  of  a  foundation  wall,  made 
  of  large  stones  of  a  mass  of  concrete;  --  called  also 
  {foundation  course}. 
  b  The  architectural  member  forming  the  transition 
  between  the  basement  and  the  wall  above. 
 
  {Base  hit}  (Baseball),  a  hit,  by  which  the  batsman,  without 
  any  error  on  the  part  of  his  opponents,  is  able  to  reach 
  the  first  base  without  being  put  out 
 
  {Base  line}. 
  a  A  main  line  taken  as  a  base,  as  in  surveying  or  in 
  military  operations. 
  b  A  line  traced  round  a  cannon  at  the  rear  of  the  vent. 
 
 
  {Base  plate},  the  foundation  plate  of  heavy  machinery,  as  of 
  the  steam  engine;  the  bed  plate. 
 
  {Base  ring}  (Ordnance),  a  projecting  band  of  metal  around  the 
  breech,  connected  with  the  body  of  the  gun  by  a  concave 
  molding.  --H.  L.  Scott. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Base  \Base\  (b[=a]s),  a.  [OE.  bass,  F.  bas,  low  fr  LL  bassus 
  thick,  fat,  short,  humble;  cf  L.  Bassus,  a  proper  name  and 
  W.  bas  shallow.  Cf  {Bass}  a  part  in  music.] 
  1.  Of  little,  or  less  than  the  usual,  height;  of  low  growth; 
  as  base  shrubs.  [Archaic]  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Low  in  place  or  position.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Of  humble  birth;  or  low  degree;  lowly;  mean  [Archaic]  ``A 
  pleasant  and  base  swain.''  --Bacon. 
 
  4.  Illegitimate  by  birth;  bastard.  [Archaic] 
 
  Why  bastard?  wherefore  base?  --Shak. 
 
  5.  Of  little  comparative  value,  as  metal  inferior  to  gold  and 
  silver,  the  precious  metals. 
 
  6.  Alloyed  with  inferior  metal;  debased;  as  base  coin;  base 
  bullion. 
 
  7.  Morally  low  Hence:  Low-minded;  unworthy;  without  dignity 
  of  sentiment;  ignoble;  mean  illiberal;  menial;  as  a  base 
  fellow;  base  motives;  base  occupations.  ``A  cruel  act  of  a 
  base  and  a  cowardish  mind.''  --Robynson  (More's  Utopia). 
  ``Base  ingratitude.''  --Milton. 
 
  8.  Not  classical  or  correct.  ``Base  Latin.''  --Fuller. 
 
  9.  Deep  or  grave  in  sound;  as  the  base  tone  of  a  violin.  [In 
  this  sense  commonly  written  {bass.}] 
 
  10.  (Law)  Not  held  by  honorable  service;  as  a  base  estate, 
  one  held  by  services  not  honorable;  held  by  villenage. 
  Such  a  tenure  is  called  base,  or  low  and  the  tenant,  a 
  base  tenant. 
 
  {Base  fee},  formerly,  an  estate  held  at  the  will  of  the  lord; 
  now  a  qualified  fee.  See  note  under  {Fee},  n.,  4. 
 
  {Base  metal}.  See  under  {Metal}. 
 
  Syn:  Dishonorable;  worthless;  ignoble;  low-minded;  infamous; 
  sordid;  degraded. 
 
  Usage:  {Base},  {Vile},  {Mean}.  These  words  as  expressing 
  moral  qualities,  are  here  arranged  in  the  order  of 
  their  strength,  the  strongest  being  placed  first  Base 
  marks  a  high  degree  of  moral  turpitude;  vile  and  mean 
  denote,  in  different  degrees,  the  want  of  what  is 
  valuable  or  worthy  of  esteem.  What  is  base  excites  our 
  abhorrence;  what  is  vile  provokes  our  disgust  or 
  indignation;  what  is  mean  awakens  contempt.  Base  is 
  opposed  to  high-minded;  vile,  to  noble;  mean  to 
  liberal  or  generous.  Ingratitude  is  base;  sycophancy 
  is  vile;  undue  compliances  are  mean 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bass 
  adj  :  having  or  denoting  a  low  vocal  or  instrumental  range;  "a 
  deep  voice";  "a  bass  voice  is  lower  than  a  baritone 
  voice";  "a  bass  clarinet"  [syn:  {deep}] 
  n  1:  the  lowest  part  of  the  musical  range 
  2:  the  lowest  part  in  polyphonic  music  [syn:  {bass  part}] 
  3:  an  adult  male  singer  with  the  lowest  voice  [syn:  {basso}] 
  4:  flesh  of  lean-fleshed  saltwater  fish  of  the  family 
  Serranidae  [syn:  {sea  bass}] 
  5:  any  of  various  North  American  lean-fleshed  freshwater  fishes 
  especially  of  the  genus  Micropterus  [syn:  {freshwater  bass}] 
  6:  the  lowest  adult  male  singing  voice  [syn:  {bass  voice},  {basso}] 
  7:  the  member  with  the  lowest  range  of  a  family  of  musical 
  instruments 
  8:  nontechnical  name  for  any  of  numerous  edible  marine  and 
  freshwater  spiny-finned  fishes 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Bass,  AR 
  Zip  code(s):  72612 




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