bass drum


Definition of bass drum

: a large drum having two heads and giving a booming sound of low indefinite pitch — see drum illustration

Examples of bass drum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hey, Jim: The last two seasons have not been the same without Adams and his bass drum at Progressive Field. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 11 Dec. 2021 The score explored many different ways in which a bass drum or tam-tam could be sounded — with sticks, fingers, a ceramic cup or claves. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 The Purdue Marching Band performed at halftime inside Notre Dame Stadium without its big bass drum, which Notre Dame did not allow onto the field because the tunnel where Notre Dame enters is reserved for the Fighting Irish and their band. John Fineran, ajc, 19 Sep. 2021 The bass drum, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, missed its first game since 1979. John Fineran, ajc, 19 Sep. 2021 So when John went back to one bass drum, the Led Zeppelin drum set was born. Jim Clash, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 The Purdue band used a formation to resemble their absent bass drum, which remained outside the stadium. John Fineran, ajc, 19 Sep. 2021 Watts anchors the song with characteristic subtlety, his busy brushstrokes contrasting with gentle rimshots and unhurried bass drum. Jem Aswad, Variety, 24 Aug. 2021 The bass drum became a staple of the merengue sound. Gavin Edwards, New York Times, 29 July 2021

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First Known Use of bass drum

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bass drum was in 1798

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14 Dec 2021

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“Bass drum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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