bass drum

bass drum

[beys]
noun
the largest and lowest toned of drums, having a cylindrical body and two membrane heads.

Origin:
1795–1805

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bass drum (beɪs)
 
n
Also called: gran cassa a large shallow drum of low and indefinite pitch

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bass drum definition


The large drum with a cylindrical shape that gives the strong beat in brass bands.

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bass drum

percussion instrument, the largest and deepest-sounding member of the drum family, usually played with a pair of large felt-headed sticks, or beaters. In modern popular-music bands the bass drum is often part of a drum set and is commonly struck by a single pedal-operated stick.

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