Bass vs Bast - What's the difference?

bass | bast |

As a proper noun bass

is an english brand of bottled pale ale.



Etymology 1

(etyl) .


(en adjective)
  • Of sound, a voice or an instrument, low in pitch or frequency.
  • The giant spoke in a deep, bass , rumbling voice that shook me to my boots.


  • A low spectrum of sound tones.
  • Peter adjusted the equalizer on his audio equipment to emphasize the bass .
  • A section of musical group that produces low-pitched sound, lower than tenor.
  • The conductor preferred to situate the bass in the middle rear, rather than to one side of the orchestra.
  • A male singer who sings in the bass range.
  • Halfway through middle school, Edgar morphed from a soprano to a bass , much to the amazement and amusement of his fellow choristers.
  • An instrument that plays in the bass range, in particular a double bass, bass guitar, electric bass or bass synthesiser.
  • The musician swung the bass over his head like an axe and smashed it into the amplifier, creating a discordant howl of noise.
  • 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 bass , but it was easy to pick out which was which based on the location of the notes on the staff.
    * (singer) basso * (clef) F clef
    Coordinate terms
    * (voice types) soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, contralto (female); countertenor, tenor, baritone, bass (male)
    Derived terms
    * bass clef * bass drum * bass guitar * bassline * bass music * bass note * booty bass * double bass * electric bass * figured bass * Miami bass


  • To sound in a deep tone.
  • * 1623 [1610], (William Shakespeare), The Tempest (First Folio ed.), act III, scene iii, lines 99-99
  • and the Thunder
    (That deepe and dreadfull Organ-Pipe) pronounc'd
    The name of Pro?per : it did ba?e my Tre?pa??e

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) bas, alteration of bars, from (etyl) .


  • The perch; any of various marine and freshwater fish resembling the perch, all within the order of Perciformes.
  • Derived terms
    * black bass * black sea bass * largemouth bass * sea bass * smallmouth bass * spotted bass * striped bass * white bass

    Etymology 3

    A corruption of bast.


  • The linden or lime tree.
  • Its bark, used for making mats.
  • A hassock or thick mat.
  • bast




    (en noun)
  • Fibre made from the phloem of certain plants and used for matting and cord.
  • * , chapter=19
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=At the far end of the houses the head gardener stood waiting for his mistress, and he gave her strips of bass to tie up her nosegay. This she did slowly and laboriously, with knuckly old fingers that shook.}}
  • * 1919, (Ronald Firbank), (Valmouth) , Duckworth, hardback edition, page 87
  • I thought I saw Him in the Long Walk there, by the bed of Nelly Roche, tending a fallen flower with a wisp of bast .
  • * 1997 : ‘Egil's Saga’, tr. Bernard Scudder, The Sagas of Icelanders , Penguin 2001, page 145
  • He had taken along a long bast rope in his sleigh, since it was the custom on longer journeys to have a spare rope in case the reins needed mending.


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