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snare drum

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 of snare drum
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The beat of his heels and toes pleased you like a snare-drum obligato.

    Rolling Stones O. Henry
  • I bought one the other day as big as a snare-drum, and the thing never made a dent.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • Yes,” grumbled Hank, disjointedly, “but the snare-drum solo my teeth are doing may make noise enough to give me away.

  • Skulking, throat swollen with fear, heart beating like a snare-drum, Kirkwood took his chance.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Skeezicks, who played the big horn, accused the cornet and the snare-drum of stealing his cold lunch.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • And the young man ran the thing over his tongue like a treble drag on a snare-drum.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone Frederic Remington
British Dictionary definitions for snare-drum

snare drum

(music) a cylindrical drum with two drumheads, the upper of which is struck and the lower fitted with a snare See snare2
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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snare-drum in Culture

snare drum definition

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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