- 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
Examples from the Web for snare drum
The beat of his heels and toes pleased you like a snare-drum obligato.Rolling Stones
I bought one the other day as big as a snare-drum, and the thing never made a dent.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
Skulking, throat swollen with fear, heart beating like a snare-drum, Kirkwood took his chance.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
And the young man ran the thing over his tongue like a treble drag on a snare-drum.John Ermine of the Yellowstone
Yes,” grumbled Hank, disjointedly, “but the snare-drum solo my teeth are doing may make noise enough to give me away.The Motor Boat Club and The Wireless
H. Irving Hancock
- music a cylindrical drum with two drumheads, the upper of which is struck and the lower fitted with a snareSee snare 2
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.