snare drum


Definition of snare drum

: a small double-headed drum with one or more snares stretched across its lower head — see drum illustration

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There’s precious little negative space on this sometimes vigorous, sometimes exhausting album; listening to it is a lot like living inside a snare drum during a marching band’s halftime performance. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "NF Has the No. 1 Album in the Country, and He Sounds Miserable," 7 Aug. 2019 Though her invention is used in everything from bullet-proof vests to tennis rackets, sneakers, and even snare drums, Kwolek signed away the patent royalties to the company. Dan Samorodnitsky, Smithsonian, "You Can Thank Chemist Stephanie Kwolek for Bulletproof Vests and Yoga Pants," 21 Aug. 2019 Horner captured that feeling with a score that prominently features solo trumpet and rolling snare drums. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, "Hollywood Bowl concert goes to outer space, from ‘The Planets’ to ‘First Man’," 15 Aug. 2019 Protesters had gathered on Tuesday night outside the mansion to listen to a public reading of the Puerto Rican Constitution, cheering, chanting and dancing to the steady beat of snare drums. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Resigns After Protests," 24 July 2019 McCartney chopped a beat across a snare drum and Davis played a handful of riffs, as the room filled with the sound of a band trying to find a groove. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 During Victims in Ecstasy's set, their drummer broke a snare drum, and Bennington came to the rescue, offering his drummer's snare. Ed Masley, azcentral, "He took 10,000 photos of Chester Bennington. Now, his images are a traveling memorial," 18 June 2019 The pulses of starlight could be separated into two main frequencies: a faster one like the beat of a snare drum and a slower one like a gong, with the two rhythms played out of sync. Quanta Magazine, "Strange Stars Pulse to the Golden Mean," 10 Mar. 2015 An hour or so later, heavy rain pelted a tent like the beating of a snare drum as Watson's three-stroke victory was celebrated during a ceremony and trophy presentation. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Bubba Watson Gives Travelers A Familiar Injection Of Energy," 25 June 2018

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circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snare drum was circa 1859

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English Language Learners Definition of snare drum

: a drum of a medium size that is played with special sticks (called drumsticks)

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Kids Definition of snare drum

: a small drum with two heads that has strings stretched across its lower head to produce a rattling sound

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