Meaning of continuo

con•tin•u•o

Pronunciation: (kun-tin'y-ō"), [key]
— pl. -tin•u•os.
  1. a keyboard accompanying part consisting originally of a figured bass, which in modern scores is usually realized, and serving to provide or fill out the harmonic texture.
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