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snare drum

noun
1.
a small double-headed drum, carried at the side or placed on a stationary stand, having snares across the lower head to produce a rattling or reverberating effect.
Also called side drum.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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  • When you're playing a snare drum in a pipe band, the cadence is so much different.
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snare drum

noun
1.
(music) a cylindrical drum with two drumheads, the upper of which is struck and the lower fitted with a snare See snare2
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A shallow cylindrical drum, with wires or pieces of catgut (snares) stretched across the bottom skin to give a sharp, rattling sound when the top skin is struck. Snare drums are used in orchestras and in nearly all kinds of bands.

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Encyclopedia Article for snare drum

military and orchestral percussion instrument having several gut, nylon, wire, or wire-covered silk strings (snares) stretched across the lower, or snare, head; the snares vibrate sympathetically with the lower head (to which vibration is transmitted from the upper, or batter, head by air vibrations inside the drum), causing a snappy, penetrating, relatively high-pitched sound. The modern snare drum has a cylindrical shell of wood, plywood, or metal 5-12 inches (13-30 cm) high and 14-16 inches (35-40 cm) in diameter; deeper models, called field or guard's pattern drums, are used in many military bands. The heads, beaten with two tapered sticks ending in small knobs of wood or nylon, are of calfskin or plastic. They are held in place by a flesh hoop (around which the membrane is lapped) and a counterhoop. Membrane tensioning is by screws that act independently on each head, by metal rods, or, now chiefly in military bands, by rope lacings.

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