base vs bass : Common Errors in English

About base vs bass

Like Billy the singing bass, things musical are usually “bass”: bass guitars, bass drums, bass clefs. Don’t use the more common word “base” in such contexts.

base Meaning(s)

  • (n) installation from which a military force initiates operations
  • (n) lowest support of a structure
  • (n) a place that the runner must touch before scoring
  • (n) the bottom or lowest part
  • (n) (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment
  • (n) a lower limit
  • (n) the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
  • (n) a support or foundation
  • (n) a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA)
  • (n) any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water
  • (n) the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed
  • (n) the most important or necessary part of something
  • (n) (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place
  • (n) the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
  • (n) a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries
  • (n) (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
  • (n) the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
  • (n) the principal ingredient of a mixture
  • (n) a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
  • (n) (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
  • (v) use as a basis for; found on
  • (v) situate as a center of operations
  • (v) use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
  • (s) serving as or forming a base
  • (s) of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
  • (s) (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal
  • (s) not adhering to ethical or moral principles
  • (s) having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
  • (s) illegitimate
  • (s) debased; not genuine

bass Meaning(s)

  • (n) the lowest part of the musical range
  • (n) the lowest part in polyphonic music
  • (n) an adult male singer with the lowest voice
  • (n) the lean flesh of a saltwater fish of the family Serranidae
  • (n) any of various North American freshwater fish with lean flesh (especially of the genus Micropterus)
  • (n) the lowest adult male singing voice
  • (n) the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
  • (n) nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishes
  • (s) having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range

base in News

  1. Army Base Shooting: 51 Year Old Man Arrested for Shooting Wife in Fort Sam Houston

    An army base shooting has led to the arrest of a 51 year old man at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio this week.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Christian Post

  2. Army base shooting: Suspect charged in shooting that injured 1

    Army base shooting: The complaint alleges that the 51-year-old carried a .45 caliber pistol onto Fort Sam Houston on Monday and got into an argument with his wife, then shot her multiple times.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  3. BASE METALS HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories Of The Day

    BASE METALS HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories Of The Day
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

bass in News

  1. Benefit bass tournament at Chester Frost (June 15)

    The Chattanooga Bass Assassins, a private bass fishing club, will present the third annual Christopher J. Robertson Never Give Up Cancer Benefit Bass Tournament on Chickamauga Lake on Saturday, June 15.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

  2. Michael Bass earns All-America honors

    Bass was named to both the Baseball America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers All-America squads.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WECT 6 Wilmington

  3. Bass Inks 4-Year Deal with Oakland

    David Bass signs his first NFL contract.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KQ2 St. Joseph

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