bass drum



the largest and lowest toned of drums, having a cylindrical body and two membrane heads.

Origin of bass drum

First recorded in 1795–1805 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bass drum

Historical Examples of bass drum

  • Orchestra consisted of a bass-drum, one violin, and a cornet-à-piston.

    Doesticks, What He Says

    Q. K. Philander Doesticks

  • And there were about a million folks watching me, and Mr. Cornish was beating a bass-drum.

    The Turner Twins

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • He looked as if he was carrying a bass-drum in front of him.

  • Though in some cases such persons would not mind the bang of a bass-drum just the other side of the door.

    Turns about Town

    Robert Cortes Holliday

  • The booming of a bass-drum and several blasts of a bugle followed the conclusion of the showman's speech.

British Dictionary definitions for bass drum

bass drum


a large shallow drum of low and indefinite pitchAlso called: gran cassa
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bass drum in Culture

bass drum

The large drum with a cylindrical shape that gives the strong beat in brass bands.

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