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 for basso continuo
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Basso \Bas"so\, n. [It., fr. LL. bassus. See Base, a.] (Mus.)
        (a) The bass or lowest part; as, to sing basso.
        (b) One who sings the lowest part.
        (c) The double bass, or contrabasso.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     Basso continuo. [It., bass continued.] (Mus.) A bass part
        written out continuously, while the other parts of the
        harmony are indicated by figures attached to the bass;
        continued bass.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  basso continuo
      n 1: a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers
           to indicate the chords to be played [syn: figured bass,
           basso continuo, continuo, thorough bass]

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