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snare drum

a small double-headed drum, carried at the side or placed on a stationary stand, having snares across the lower head to produce a rattling or reverberating effect.
Also called side drum.
Origin of snare drum
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • You see, as a boy, the one big ambition in my life was to play the snare drum.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • Full and fair he leaped out toward the swinging bar of the big trapeze, the snare drum throbbing out as he jumped.

  • Then the curtain went down with a grand flourish to a long roll from the snare drum.

    The Heart of Arethusa

    Francis Barton Fox
  • In this edifying composition, also, snare drum sticks are used on the kettle drums.

    The So-called Human Race Bert Leston Taylor
  • A trombone blatted—there was the staccato tuck of a snare drum, and the boom of a bass drum came in with isochronal beats.

  • "I mustn't look at the new moon through a knot hole and I must beware of the flute and the snare drum," said Mr. Biggs.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
  • "Wait until I learn to play the flute and the snare drum," Harry threatened.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
British Dictionary definitions for snare drum

snare drum

(music) a cylindrical drum with two drumheads, the upper of which is struck and the lower fitted with a snare See snare2
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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snare drum in Culture

snare drum definition

A shallow cylindrical drum, with wires or pieces of catgut (snares) stretched across the bottom skin to give a sharp, rattling sound when the top skin is struck. Snare drums are used in orchestras and in nearly all kinds of bands.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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