kettledrum
noun Date: 1602 a percussion instrument that consists of a hollow brass, copper, or fiberglass hemisphere with a calfskin or plastic head whose tension can be changed to vary the pitch

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  • Kettledrum — Ket tle*drum ( dr[u^]m ), n. 1. (Mus.) A drum made of thin copper in the form of a hemispherical kettle, with parchment stretched over the mouth of it. [1913 Webster] Note: Kettledrums, in pairs, were formerly used in martial music for cavalry,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kettledrum — (engl., spr. kéttl drömm. »Kesselpauke«), sehr spät beginnende Tanzgesellschaft …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Kettledrum —   [ ketldrʌm], englische Bezeichnung für Pauke …   Universal-Lexikon

  • kettledrum — 1540s, from KETTLE (Cf. kettle) + DRUM (Cf. drum) …   Etymology dictionary

  • kettledrum — ► NOUN ▪ a large drum shaped like a bowl, with adjustable pitch …   English terms dictionary

  • kettledrum — [ket′ ldrum΄] n. a percussion instrument consisting of a hollow hemisphere of copper or brass and a parchment top that can be tightened or loosened to change the pitch; timpano …   English World dictionary

  • kettledrum — kettledrummer, n. /ket l drum /, n. a drum consisting of a hollow hemisphere of brass, copper, or fiberglass over which is stretched a skin, the tension of which can be modified by hand screws or foot pedals to vary the pitch. Cf. timpani. [1595… …   Universalium

  • kettledrum — n. to play a kettledrum * * * [ ketldrʌm] to play a kettledrum …   Combinatory dictionary

  • kettledrum — UK [ˈket(ə)lˌdrʌm] / US noun [countable] Word forms kettledrum : singular kettledrum plural kettledrums a large drum with a round metal base …   English dictionary

  • kettledrum — [[t]ke̱t(ə)ldrʌm[/t]] kettledrums N COUNT A kettledrum is a large bowl shaped drum which can be tuned to play a particular note. Syn: timpani …   English dictionary

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