steel drum

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  1. Music. a bowl-shaped percussion instrument common in the West Indies, made from a steel barrel divided into sections producing different notes when struck.

Origin of steel drum

First recorded in 1950–55

Words Nearby steel drum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use steel drum in a sentence

  • On it, you wrote down whatever you hoped for the coming year, then cast it into a big steel drum in the center of the yard.

    My Vanished Liberia | Leymah Gbowee | October 7, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • At half-past twelve at night a prolonged tattoo on the little steel drum!

    Young Blood | E. W. Hornung
  • Twenty feet before him stood the steel drum round which the endless cable worked.

  • In the tube, the weapon sounded like a firecracker going off in a steel drum.

    The Sex Life of the Gods | Michael Knerr
  • There was only a fifty-gallon steel drum used as a spare fuel supply.

    The Pirates of Shan | Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The dogged plodder at the desk endured other heartburnings of which the little steel drum beat the signal.

    Young Blood | E. W. Hornung