Examples from the Web for kettledrum
Dicky Wyatt writes, in answer to Helvellyn, that the word "Kettledrum" means a large social party.Little Folks|Various
The origin of the kettledrum is remote and must be sought in the East.
Confound you, Corklemore, said Kettledrum to him aside, can you never hold your tongue?Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3)|Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Amy might as well have sung a song to a kettledrum, as talk to her.The Fortunate Mistress (Parts 1 and 2)|Daniel Defoe
Then they marched back in twos, shoulder to shoulder, in fine style, to the rub-a-dub-dub of a kettledrum.The Soul of John Brown|Stephen Graham
British Dictionary definitions for kettledrum
Word Origin and History for kettledrum
Culture definitions for kettledrum
A drum consisting of a skin stretched over a large shell in the shape of a half-sphere. The pitch of the kettledrum can be changed by manipulating screws at the edge of the skin or pedals at the bottom of the drum. Kettledrums are usually used in classical music in sets of two or more and are known by their Italian name, timpani.