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bass drum

[beys] /beɪs/
the largest and lowest toned of drums, having a cylindrical body and two membrane heads.
1795-1805 Unabridged
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bass drum

a large shallow drum of low and indefinite pitch Also called gran cassa
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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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