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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bass
  1. An edible, spiny-finned fish, esp. of the genera Roccus Labrax, and related genera. There are many species.
  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 (Sciæna ocellata). See Redfish.

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).

Note: ☞ The name is also applied to many other fishes. See Calico bass, under Calico.

Etymology: A corruption of barse

noun Bass
  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.

Etymology: A corruption of bast

noun Bass
  1. A bass, or deep, sound or tone.
  2. [Mus]
    1. The lowest part in a musical composition.
    2. One who sings, or the instrument which plays, bass.
      Alt. spell.: base

Etymology: F. basse, fr. bas low. See Base (a.)

adjective Bass
Deep or grave in tone.
verb Bass
To sound in a deep tone.
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  1. Nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishes
  2. The member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
  3. The lowest part of the musical range
  4. The lowest adult male singing voice
  5. The lowest part in polyphonic music
  6. Any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)
  7. The lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae
  8. An adult male singer with the lowest voice
  9. Having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range ("a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice" and "a bass clarinet")

Italian basso (“low”), from Latin bassus (“low”).

  1. A low spectrum of sound tones.
    Peter adjusted the equalizer on his audio equipment to emphasize the .
  2. A section of musical group that produces low-pitched sound, lower than the baritone and tenor.
    The conductor preferred to situate the 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 , much to the amazement and amusement of his fellow choristers.
  4. (music) An instrument that plays in the bass range, in particular a double bass, bass guitar, electric bass or bass synthesiser.
    The musician swung the 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 , but it was easy to pick out which was which based on the location of the notes on the staff.
a smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu)
  1. The perch; any of various marine and freshwater fish resembling the perch, all within the order of Perciformes.

From Middle English bas, alteration of bars, from Old English bærs (“a fish, perch”), from Proto-Germanic *barsaz (“perch", literally "prickly fish”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhars-, *bharst- (“prickle, thorn, scale”). Cognate with Dutch baars (“perch, bass”), German Barsch (“perch”). More at barse.

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

A corruption of bast.

  1. The fibrous inner bark of the linden or lime tree, used for making mats.
  2. Fibers from other plants, especially palm trees
  3. Anything made from such fibers, such as a hassock or thick mat.

    bass was also found in the following language(s): Cimbrian, Latvian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, and Romansch

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bass U.S.
      White 69.18% 64.26%
      African American 24.53% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.49% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.77% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.31% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.72% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Bass

    • How Popular is the name Bass? Bass is the 65,340th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bass was the 589th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Bass have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16 babies born with the first name Bass in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bass? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1925 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Bass first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bass is Thursday, August 12th, 1875.
    • What year had the most people named Bass born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bass was in 1937 with a total of 6 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Bass: Your name in reverse order is Ssab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ssba. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bass? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 57,044 people with the last name Bass.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bass? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 19 of them will have Bass as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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