- 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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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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
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 … New Collegiate Dictionary