Bassa to Bateau
(Bas"sa Bas*saw") n. See Bashaw.
(Bass` drum") (Mus.) The largest of the different kinds of drums, having two heads, and
emitting a deep, grave sound. See Bass, a.
(Bas"set) (bas"set or bas*set"), n. [F. bassette, fr. It. bassetta. Cf. Basso.] A game at
cards, resembling the modern faro, said to have been invented at Venice.
Some dress, some dance, some play, not to forget
Your piquet parties, and your dear basset.
(Bas"set) a. [Cf. OF. basset somewhat low, dim. of bas low.] (Geol.) Inclined upward; as, the
basset edge of strata. Lyell.
(Bas"set), n. (Geol.) The edge of a geological stratum at the surface of the ground; the outcrop.
(Bas"set), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Basseted; p. pr. & vb. n. Basseting.] (Geol.) To incline upward
so as to appear at the surface; to crop out; as, a vein of coal bassets.
(Bas"set horn`) [See Basset, a.] (Mus.) An instrument blown with a reed, and resembling
a clarinet, but of much greater compass, embracing nearly four octaves.
(Bas"set hound`) [F. basset.] (Zoöl.) A small kind of hound with a long body and short
legs, used as an earth dog.
(Bas"set*ing), n. The upward direction of a vein in a mine; the emergence of a stratum at the
(||Bas*set"to) n. [It., adj., somewhat low; n., counter tenor. See Basso.] (Mus.) A tenor or
small bass viol.
(Bass" horn") (Mus.) A modification of the bassoon, much deeper in tone.
(Bas"si*net) n. [Cf. F. bassinet, dim. of bassin. See Basin, and cf. Bascinet.]
1. A wicker basket, with a covering or hood over one end, in which young children are placed as in a
2. See Bascinet. Lord Lytton.
||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.
(||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.
(Bas"sock) n. A hassock. See 2d Bass, 2.
(Bas*soon") n. [F. basson, fr. basse bass; or perh. fr. bas son low sound. See Bass a
part in music. ] (Mus.) A wind instrument of the double reed kind, furnished with holes, which are
stopped by the fingers, and by keys, as in flutes. It forms the natural bass to the oboe, clarinet, etc.
Its compass comprehends three octaves. For convenience of carriage it is divided into two parts; whence
it is also called a fagot.
(Bas*soon"ist), n. A performer on the bassoon. Busby.
(||Bas"so-ri*lie"vo Bas"so-re*lie"vo) n. [It. basso-rilievo.] Same as Bas- relief.