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

  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.
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     2. Low in place or position. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     3. Of humble birth; or low degree; lowly; mean. [Archaic] "A
        peasant and base swain." --Bacon.
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     4. Illegitimate by birth; bastard. [Archaic]
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              Why bastard? wherefore base?          --Shak.
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     5. Of little comparative value, as metal inferior to gold and
        silver, the precious metals.
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     6. Alloyed with inferior metal; debased; as, base coin; base
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     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.
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     8. Not classical or correct. "Base Latin." --Fuller.
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     9. Deep or grave in sound; as, the base tone of a violin. [In
        this sense, commonly written bass.]
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     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.
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     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.
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     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 lack 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Base \Base\, n. [F. base, L. basis, fr. Gr. ba`sis a stepping,
     step, a base, pedestal, fr. bai`nein to go, step, akin to E.
     come. Cf. Basis, and see Come.]
     1. The bottom of anything, considered as its support, or that
        on which something rests for support; the foundation; as,
        the base of a statue. "The base of mighty mountains."
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     2. Fig.: The fundamental or essential part of a thing; the
        essential principle; a groundwork.
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     3. (Arch.)
        (a) The lower part of a wall, pier, or column, when
            treated as a separate feature, usually in projection,
            or especially ornamented.
        (b) The lower part of a complete architectural design, as
            of a monument; also, the lower part of any elaborate
            piece of furniture or decoration.
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     4. (Bot.) That extremity of a leaf, fruit, etc., at which it
        is attached to its support.
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     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.
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     6. (Pharmacy) The chief ingredient in a compound.
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     7. (Dyeing) A substance used as a mordant. --Ure.
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     8. (Fort.) The exterior side of the polygon, or that
        imaginary line which connects the salient angles of two
        adjacent bastions.
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     9. (Geom.) The line or surface constituting that part of a
        figure on which it is supposed to stand.
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     10. (Math.) The number from which a mathematical table is
         constructed; as, the base of a system of logarithms.
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     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.]
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                   The trebles squeak for fear, the bases roar.
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     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.
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     13. (Mil.) The smallest kind of cannon. [Obs.]
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     14. (Zool.) That part of an organ by which it is attached to
         another more central organ.
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     15. (Crystallog.) The basal plane of a crystal.
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     16. (Geol.) The ground mass of a rock, especially if not
         distinctly crystalline.
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     17. (Her.) The lower part of the field. See Escutcheon.
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     18. The housing of a horse. [Obs.]
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     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.]
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     20. The lower part of a robe or petticoat. [Obs.]
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     21. An apron. [Obs.] "Bakers in their linen bases."
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     22. The point or line from which a start is made; a starting
         place or a goal in various games.
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               To their appointed base they went.   --Dryden.
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     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.
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     24. A rustic play; -- called also prisoner's base, prison
         base, or bars. "To run the country base." --Shak.
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     25. (Baseball) Any one of the four bounds which mark the
         circuit of the infield.
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     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 or 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. (Pron. ?) A hassock or thick mat.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bass \Bass\ (b[=a]s), n. [F. basse, fr. bas low. See Base, a.]
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     1. A bass, or deep, sound or tone.
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     2. (Mus.)
        (a) The lowest part in a musical composition.
        (b) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, bass.
            [Written also base.]
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     Thorough bass. See Thorough bass.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bass \Bass\, a.
     Deep or grave in tone.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bass \Bass\ (b[.a]s), n.; pl. Bass, and sometimes Basses
     (b[.a]s"[e^]z). [A corruption of barse.] (Zool.)
     1. An edible, spiny-finned fish, esp. of the genera Roccus,
        Labrax, and related genera. There are many species.
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     Note: The common European bass is Labrax lupus. American
           species are: the striped bass ({Roccus lineatus);
           white or silver bass of the lakes ({Roccus chrysops);
           brass or yellow bass ({Roccus interruptus).
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     2. The two American fresh-water species of black bass (genus
        Micropterus). See Black bass.
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     3. Species of Serranus, the sea bass and rock bass. See
        Sea bass.
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     4. The southern, red, or channel bass ({Sci[ae]na ocellata).
        See Redfish.
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     Note: The name is also applied to many other fishes. See
           Calico bass, under Calico.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bass \Bass\, v. t.
     To sound in a deep tone. [R.] --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 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" [syn: bass, deep]
      n 1: the lowest part of the musical range
      2: the lowest part in polyphonic music [syn: bass, bass
      3: an adult male singer with the lowest voice [syn: bass,
      4: the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae
         [syn: sea bass, bass]
      5: any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh
         (especially of the genus Micropterus) [syn: freshwater
         bass, bass]
      6: the lowest adult male singing voice [syn: bass, bass
         voice, basso]
      7: the member with the lowest range of a family of musical
      8: nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and
         freshwater spiny-finned fishes

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  143 Moby Thesaurus words for "bass":
     A string, Amati, Cremona, D string, E string, G string,
     Heldentenor, Meistersinger, Strad, Stradivari, Stradivarius,
     accompaniment, alto, aria singer, baritenor, baritone, bass viol,
     basso, basso buffo, basso cantante, basso continuo, basso ostinato,
     basso profundo, bassus, blues singer, bourdon, bow, bravura,
     bridge, bull fiddle, burden, canary, cantatrice, canto, cantor,
     cantus, cantus figuratus, cantus planus, caroler, cello, chanter,
     chantress, chest voice, choral, choric, coloratura,
     coloratura soprano, comic bass, continuo, contrabass, contralto,
     countertenor, crooner, crowd, deep, deep bass, deep-echoing,
     deep-pitched, deep-toned, deepmouthed, descant, diva, double bass,
     dramatic, dramatic soprano, drone, drone bass, falsetto, fiddle,
     fiddlebow, fiddlestick, figured bass, fingerboard, grave,
     ground bass, head voice, heavy, heroic, heroic tenor, hollow,
     hymnal, hymner, improvisator, kit, kit fiddle, kit violin,
     lead singer, lieder singer, line, liturgical, low, low-pitched,
     lyric, melodist, mezzo-soprano, opera singer, operatic, part,
     plain chant, plain song, prick song, prima donna, psalm singer,
     psalmic, psalmodial, psalmodic, rock-and-roll singer, sacred,
     scroll, sepulchral, singer, singing, singstress, songbird,
     songster, songstress, soprano, soundboard, string, tenor,
     tenor violin, thorough bass, torch singer, treble, tuning peg,
     undersong, viola, violin, violinette, violoncello,
     violoncello piccolo, violone, violotta, vocal, vocalist, vocalizer,
     voce, voce di petto, voce di testa, voice, voice part, warbler,

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