ground (n.)
[music] constant bass rhythm underneath a descant, foundation
E3 II.i.123[King Edward to Lodowick] what a world of descant makes my soul / Upon this voluntary ground of love!
R3 III.vii.48[Buckingham to Richard] stand between two churchmen ... / For on that ground I'll make a holy descant [also: sense 2]
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