bass drum


plural bass drums
: a large drum that has two heads and produces a booming sound of low indefinite pitch
[The Beatles'] 18-year-old engineer Geoff Emerick transformed their sound by stuffing a sweater in Ringo's bass drum.Rob Sheffield
Thunderous bass drums and tom-toms predominate, delivering an oscillating groove over which the composer's voice floats …Tom Huizenga
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Examples of bass drum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was no bass drum, just a snare and a hi-hat and a cymbal. Gary Graff, Billboard, 28 June 2024 Then, the bass drums, snares, and symbols come alive with a thunderous roar. Matt Dursum, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Mar. 2023 Making a seamless record, where every note and syllable is in place and every bass drum is identical, is no trick. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 8 May 2024 But the two drummers did arrive equipped with complementary bass drum heads, each depicting Méliès-like faces of the sun and the moon. Chris Willman, Variety, 9 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for bass drum 

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bass drum was in 1789

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“Bass drum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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bass drum

: a large drum that has two heads and that produces a booming sound

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