snare drum

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noun

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.

Origin of snare drum

First recorded in 1870–75
Also called side drum.
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British Dictionary definitions for snare drum

snare drum


noun

music a cylindrical drum with two drumheads, the upper of which is struck and the lower fitted with a snareSee snare 2
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Culture definitions for snare drum

snare drum


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.

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