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 Bueno, too, follows Ravel’s 20-minute crescendo as wails from the orchestra pit become increasingly unfettered from the rigid tempo compelled by a snare drum the whole time. Lauren Warnecke,, 14 Oct. 2021 Watts tended to pull his right hand away on the upbeat, giving his left a clear path to the snare drum — lending the beat a strong but slightly off-kilter momentum. New York Times, 24 Aug. 2021 When the team played rock music, Cog managed to beat out a passable rhythm on a snare drum. Meghan O'gieblyn, Wired, 24 Aug. 2021 These days, Sherry is a Middle Eastern dance instructor who plays snare drum in Ryan’s bagpipe band. Michelle Matthews |, al, 25 May 2021 Girls in yellow wigs and neon-blue uniforms high-kicked to the rhythm of a snare drum, while people in the crowd bounced along to the beat thrumming from the marching band. Washington Post, 19 June 2021 The Excelsior Band’s full complement of musicians consists of trumpet players, a tuba, bass drum, snare drum, saxophone players and a trombone player. J.d. Crowe |, al, 21 May 2021 Onstage, about twenty yards in front of us, were two people on stilts, one with a snare drum and the other with some sort of little horn hanging from her neck, playing a medieval tune mixed with a bit of jazz. Jonas Eika, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 On top of the raffle, Yip’s fundraiser also includes three separate eBay auctions: one for a snare drum signed by Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg, one for a Fender Stratocaster designed by the band Nothing, and one for Yip’s own custom drum kit. Simon Vozick-levinson, Rolling Stone, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of snare drum

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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27 Oct 2021

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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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