figured bass

fig·ured bass
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fig-yerd beys]
    • /ˈfɪg yərd beɪs/
    • /ˈfɪɡ.ər beɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fig-yerd beys]
    • /ˈfɪg yərd beɪs/

Definitions of figured bass words

  • noun figured bass a bass part in which the notes have numbers under them indicating the chords to be played. 1
  • noun figured bass a shorthand method of indicating a thorough-bass part in which each bass note is accompanied by figures indicating the intervals to be played in the chord above it in the realization 0
  • noun figured bass (music) A musical notation in which intervals, chords and harmonizations are indicated by numbers written below a given bass note. 0

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Origin of figured bass

First appearance:

before 1795
One of the 43% newest English words
First recorded in 1795-1805

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figured bass popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 27% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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