Definitions for kettledrumˈkɛt lˌdrʌm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ket•tle•drumˈkɛt lˌdrʌm(n.)

  1. 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 screws or foot pedals to vary the pitch.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: Compare timpani.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kettle, kettledrum, tympanum, tympani, timpani(noun)

    a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it


  1. kettledrum(Noun)

    A large hemispherical brass percussion instrument (one of the timpani) with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting its tension.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kettledrum(noun)

    a drum made of thin copper in the form of a hemispherical kettle, with parchment stretched over the mouth of it

  2. Kettledrum(noun)

    an informal social party at which a light collation is offered, held in the afternoon or early evening. Cf. Drum, n., 4 and 5

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a type of drum made of a brass or copper bowl covered with a stretched skin etc.

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