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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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 Later, drummer Larry Tolfree overdubbed a real snare drum on top of the fake one to give it an authentic sound. Marc Myers, WSJ, "The Story Behind Joe Jackson’s ‘Steppin’ Out’," 13 June 2018 The snare drum death march and the psychedelic Jefferson Airplane-like flourishes seem to accentuate Dylan’s vitriolic, unforgiving words in a silly way, but Cher’s steadfast contralto grounds the affair. Jessi Roti,, "15 of the weirdest Bob Dylan cover songs to celebrate his birthday," 24 May 2018 Her Saturday performance started with a snare drum roll. Brandon T. Harden,, "After paying homage to black culture at 'Beychella', Beyoncé donates $100k to HBCUs," 16 Apr. 2018 At Parma Senior High School, Rajkovich said students held signs commemorating the 17 people that died while a snare drum played each minute for 17 minutes. John Benson,, "Parma City School District students participate in national walkout," 16 Mar. 2018 Rather, the basic Fetch looks like a large snare drum, or a round ottoman. Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fetch Robotics CEO Melonee Wise delights in showing potential of robots," 19 Jan. 2018 This year, Garcia, who plays the snare drum, marched in the Browsville school district Children's Charro Days Parade. Aaron Nelsen, San Antonio Express-News, "Sister cities reflect on shared experience even as border security test ties that bind them.," 24 Feb. 2018 The video's producer, Sylvia Massy, took a short video showing what a single snare drum hit sounds like in the towering concrete structure. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "This Is How a Snare Drum Sounds in a Nuclear Cooling Tower," 23 Feb. 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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