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 continuoIt, 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 . Also called figured bass . Also called thoroughbass .
Origin of continuoItalian from Latin continuus continuous ; see continue .
NounSee also: contínuo