continuo[kən tin′yo̵̅o̅ ō′]
continuo definition by Webster's New World
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a continuous bass accompaniment, indicated by a shorthand method in notation, and played as on a harpsichord or organ, esp. in baroque music
Origin: Italian origin, originally , continuous ; from Classical Latin continuus: see continue
continuo definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. con·tin·u·os
An independent bass line, usually realized on a keyboard instrument, in which numerals written underneath the notes indicate the kinds of harmony to be played. Also called basso continuo, figured bass, thoroughbass.
Origin: Italian, from Latin continuus, continuous; see continue.