Bash is the shell used in Ubuntu's command-line interface.
Bash is a command processor, typically run in a text window, allowing the user to type commands which cause actions. Bash can also read commands from a file, called a script. Like all Unix shells, it supports filename wildcarding, piping, here documents, command substitution, variables and control structures for condition-testing and iteration. The keywords, syntax and other basic features of the language were all copied from sh. Other features, e.g., history, were copied from
ksh. Bash is a POSIX shell but with a number of extensions.
The name itself is an acronym, a pun and descriptive. As an acronym, it stands for Bourne Again SHell, referring to its objective as a free replacement for the Bourne shell (
sh). As a pun, it expressed that objective in a phrase that sounds the same as born again, a term for spiritual rebirth. The name is also descriptive of what it did, bashing together the features of
ksh. (Via Wikipedia.)