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  • noun music A musical notation in which intervals, chords and harmonizations are indicated by numbers written below a given bass note.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From the numerals written underneath the notes.]


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