steel drum


Definition of steel drum

: a musical instrument originally developed in Trinidad that is played by hammering raised and tuned portions of the bottom of an oil drum

Examples of steel drum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The durable coal-burning appliance is designed with a high-quality porcelain enamel coating inside a 30-gallon steel drum. Adria Greenhauff, Southern Living, 14 Apr. 2021 Your radiator, which sounds as if a grenade exploded inside a steel drum. Ali Solomon, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021 Sanborne was introduced to the music in college and has played with steel drum bands at various events over the years. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, 6 June 2018 The experience was enhanced by the sound of an acoustic guitar and followed by the celestial tones of an instrument called the Hang, a convex steel drum played with the hands or soft mallets. Dallas News, 20 Apr. 2020 The packaging industry is almost shut down, so everything from plastic packing to steel drums is running out, Mr. Wuttke said. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2020 The Merry Gentlemen bring the sounds of soca, calypso and reggae, blending steel drums and ukuleles with unique twists on holiday hits. Luann Gibbs,, 16 Dec. 2019 Categories include music education, brass, classical guitar, organ, piano, marimba/classical steel drum, voice, woodwinds, strings and a new scholarship in viola. Marc Bona, cleveland, 18 Dec. 2019 Catonsville High’s steel drum band and Catonsville native and American Idol contestant Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon will also perform. Taylor Deville,, 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of steel drum

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steel drum was in 1952

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28 Apr 2021

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“Steel drum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of steel drum

: a metal drum shaped like a bowl or barrel that makes different sounds when it is hit at different places

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