An independent bassline, usually realized on a keyboard instrument, in which numerals written underneath the notes indicate the kinds of harmony to be played.
A continuous bass accompaniment, indicated by a shorthand method in notation, and played as on a harpsichord or organ, esp. in baroque music.
Webster's New World
Other Word Forms of Continuo
Origin of Continuo
Italian from Latin continuus continuous continue
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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