kettledrum definition

  • noun:
    • A large copper or metal hemispherical drum with a parchment head that may be tuned by adjusting the stress.
    • a big hemispherical metal percussion tool (one of several timpani) with a drumhead that may be tuned by adjusting its tension.
    • A drum made of slim copper by means of a hemispherical kettle, with parchment stretched throughout the lips of it.
    • a casual social celebration from which a light collation exists, held inside afternoon or early evening. Cf. Drum, n., 4 and 5.
    • A musical instrument used in military groups plus orchestras, consisting of a hollow brass hemisphere from 24 to 30 ins in diameter, over which can be stretched a head of parchment.
    • A fashionable mid-day enjoyment written by a lady chiefly to females. It's less formal than an evening party, additionally the ladyguests typically put on bonnets. Additionally drum.
    • a sizable hemispherical metal or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead which can be tuned by modifying the strain upon it
  • others:
    • To drum (regarding the kettledrum); appear to be a kettledrum.

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