Bass drum
Drum Drum, n. [Cf. D. trom, trommel, LG. trumme, G. trommel, Dan. tromme, Sw. trumma, OHG. trumba a trumpet, Icel. pruma a clap of thunder, and as a verb, to thunder, Dan. drum a booming sound, drumme to boom; prob. partly at least of imitative origin; perh. akin to E. trum, or trumpet.] 1. (Mus.) An instrument of percussion, consisting either of a hollow cylinder, over each end of which is stretched a piece of skin or vellum, to be beaten with a stick; or of a metallic hemisphere (kettledrum) with a single piece of skin to be so beaten; the common instrument for marking time in martial music; one of the pair of tympani in an orchestra, or cavalry band. [1913 Webster]

The drums cry bud-a-dub. --Gascoigne. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything resembling a drum in form; as: (a) A sheet iron radiator, often in the shape of a drum, for warming an apartment by means of heat received from a stovepipe, or a cylindrical receiver for steam, etc. (b) A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are packed. (c) (Anat.) The tympanum of the ear; -- often, but incorrectly, applied to the tympanic membrane. (d) (Arch.) One of the cylindrical, or nearly cylindrical, blocks, of which the shaft of a column is composed; also, a vertical wall, whether circular or polygonal in plan, carrying a cupola or dome. (e) (Mach.) A cylinder on a revolving shaft, generally for the purpose of driving several pulleys, by means of belts or straps passing around its periphery; also, the barrel of a hoisting machine, on which the rope or chain is wound. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) See {Drumfish}. [1913 Webster]

4. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a private house; a rout. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

Not unaptly styled a drum, from the noise and emptiness of the entertainment. --Smollett. [1913 Webster]

Note: There were also drum major, rout, tempest, and hurricane, differing only in degrees of multitude and uproar, as the significant name of each declares. [1913 Webster]

5. A tea party; a kettledrum. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

{Bass drum}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Double drum}. See under {Double}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bass drum — (Mus.) The largest of the different kinds of drums, having two heads, and emitting a deep, grave sound. See {Bass}, a. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bass drum — bass′ drum′ [[t]beɪs[/t]] n. mad the largest and lowest toned of drums, having a cylindrical body and two membrane heads • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

  • bass drum — [bās] n. the largest and lowest toned of the double headed drums …   English World dictionary

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  • bass drum — noun a large drum with two heads; makes a sound of indefinite but very low pitch • Syn: ↑gran casa • Hypernyms: ↑drum, ↑membranophone, ↑tympan * * * noun Etymology: bass ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • bass drum — /bays/ the largest and lowest toned of drums, having a cylindrical body and two membrane heads. [1795 1805] * * * ▪ musical instrument  percussion instrument, the largest and deepest sounding member of the drum family, usually played with a pair… …   Universalium

  • Bass Drum — Die große Trommel (Englisch: bass drum [ˈbeɪsˌdɹʌm]) ist ein Schlaginstrument, das für die Erzeugung von tiefen Klängen verwendet wird und in den verschiedensten Varianten zu finden ist. Sie gelangte im 18. Jahrhundert über die türkische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bass drum — noun Date: 1804 a large drum having two heads and giving a booming sound of low indefinite pitch see drum illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bass drum — /beɪs ˈdrʌm/ (say bays drum) noun a musical instrument, the largest of the drum family, having a cylindrical body and one or two membranes …   Australian English dictionary

  • bass drum — noun /ˈbeɪsdɽʌm/ a large drum with a low pitch …   Wiktionary

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