snare drum


Definition of snare drum

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

Examples of snare drum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here the organ joins the regal instrumentation over the steady rhythm of the full percussion battery ablaze with snare drum and cymbals. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "A Joyful Song of Proud Tradition," 4 Sep. 2020 Walker remembers one particular troop of protesters, marching around the capitol to the militant rattle and snap of a snare drum. Brian Reisinger, National Review, "Unite or Die: The Making of the Badger State Battleground," 17 Aug. 2020 Finally, there’s a horn blast, a whistle, or a snare drum in a siren call of joy and release. National Geographic, "'It’s in the genes': New Orleans culture marches on despite the pandemic," 26 June 2020 When a lush slower section arrived, it was almost oversaturated; then followed a gradual descent into chaos spurred by Kyle Brightwell’s ferocious snare drum, and a spider-silk clarinet solo by William Hudgins wandered alone through the ruins., "Guest conductor Dima Slobodeniouk leads the BSO to walk less traveled paths - The Boston Globe," 12 Oct. 2019 Ferrell slams arrhythmically on a snare drum, Shannon screams at the top of her lungs and Graham shouts in an ear-shatteringly bad British accent. Washington Post, "Dogs are the new stars of SNL. Here are the goodest boys.," 19 Nov. 2019 The $800 snare drum would be perfect for a drummer in a go-go band. Washington Post, "Love the D.C. flag? Now you can get a snare drum emblazoned with the design.," 17 July 2019 The strings in the first movement were as lustrous as can be, the clarinet of principal Afendi Yusuf bewitching, and on the snare drum, principal percussionist Marc Damoulakis very nearly did bring the group to a halt. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra champions the overlooked with Hamelin, Slobodeniouk," 25 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of snare drum

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Snare drum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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