continuo[kən tin′yo̵̅o̅ ō′]
a continuous bass accompaniment, indicated by a shorthand method in notation, and played as on a harpsichord or organ, esp. in baroque music
Origin of continuoItalian origin, originally , continuous ; from Classical Latin continuus: see continue
An independent bassline, 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 of continuoItalian, from Latin continuus, continuous; see continue.