drum·​head | \ ˈdrəm-ˌhed How to pronounce drumhead (audio) \

Definition of drumhead

1 : the material (such as skin or plastic) stretched over one or both ends of a drum
2 : the top of a capstan that is pierced with sockets for the levers used in turning it

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Sillanpää says his drumheads may be better suited to precision measurement. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Einstein’s ‘spooky action at a distance’ spotted in objects almost big enough to see," 25 Apr. 2018 Some of the first items featured are Jerry Lee Lewis's piano, an outfit worn by P!nk, drumheads from Tre Cool, and a guitar from by Robert Lamm of Chicago. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Rock Hall's new 'Hall of Fame Experience' brings Induction process to life," 14 Mar. 2018 Like furniture, the animal-hide drumheads of various world percussion instruments and gasoline. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Put down that wine cork: Why sniffing gets you nowhere," 23 May 2017 Mikal Cronin tentatively strummed his bass, Charles Moothart tightened drumheads, Ben Boye plinked a few keys on his electric piano. Joshua Klein, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Ty Segall makes hooky racket at Metro," 14 May 2017

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First Known Use of drumhead

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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