bass drum

noun

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 In the opening of Etude No. 8 in C Minor, the strings bowed long, legato phrases while cymbals crashed and a bass drum boomed in the electronics. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Two area ensembles trace modern classical music’s spirit of innovation," 20 Oct. 2020 To me, the sound of that bass drum signaled fall just as clearly as the weather forecast. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Ian McNulty: Fall weather stirs New Orleans food cravings, rituals and glimmers of hope," 5 Oct. 2020 The Superdome noise was so powerful that my head felt like someone pounded a bass drum next to my ears for three consecutive hours. Star Tribune, "Silence won't be golden in NFL stadiums this fall," 7 Sep. 2020 Though singing acapella, Williams was joined by rolling thunder that sounded like a bass drum. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "The surreal scene inside Alabama’s muted graduation ceremony," 31 July 2020 Percussion defines the sound of the album: standard drum kits, handclaps, foot-stomps and a warehouse full of accessories from sleigh bells and wood blocks to what sound like giant, booming parade bass drums. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Fiona Apple Is Back and Unbound: Let’s Discuss," 17 Apr. 2020 Our horns was our singing -- all our music was horn-driven and bass drums. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Kool & the Gang Look Back on 50 Years of Funk," 21 Feb. 2019 So rather than a bass drum or a kick drum, there were the more ethnic drums: doumbeks and riqs and things like that. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hear the original West End Prince of Egypt cast sing 'When You Believe'," 2 Apr. 2020 The sonorous rumble of a sousaphone laid down the low end, while cymbals, hi-hats, snare drums and bass drum offered the dynamic beats that elevate dance-floor denizens like a drug. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Meet Meute, the German Marching Band That Plays Only Electronic Music Covers," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bass drum

1798, in the meaning defined above

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“Bass drum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bass%20drum. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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