from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A drumhead.


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  • When the drum part came, the drumsticks went down through the drum-skin, which turned out to be the surface of a drum full of oatmeal mush.

    For todays active man

  • "Up foresail," I shouted, and two minutes after we had sighted that mast we were dead before the wind, our storm foresail taut as a drum-skin, our boat's stem heading full for the broken seas and the lonely stranded vessel in the midst of them.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

  • The drum-skin, the three little bones of the middle ear, and the cochlea of the inner ear are all merely mechanical means of making possible the stimulation of the specialized endings of the auditory nerve by vibrations of air.

    The Science of Human Nature A Psychology for Beginners

  • It was not the usual comforting absence of noise; it was a silence which had swallowed all sound and smothered it, a silence vibrating like a taut drum-skin.

    Darkness At Noon

  • Joanna, moaning about "three gold mohurs, sahib - three, where are they?" was up behind Ali Partab, tossed like a pea on a drum-skin by the lunging movements of the wonder of a horse.

    Rung Ho

  • He stood literally trembling, as though each one of these common little sobs were a blow falling on the drum-skin of his spirit; and through every fibre he took in the features of the dusty, scent-besprinkled room -- the brown tin trunk, the dismantled bed, the rust-red doors.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • This little hollow behind the drum-skin has to be kept full of air in order to let the drum vibrate properly, and this is arranged for by a little tube (the Eustachian tube) which runs down from the bottom of it and opens into the back of the throat just behind the nasal passages, and above the soft palate.

    A Handbook of Health

  • If you should take a hand-mirror -- best a hollow, or concave, one -- and throw a bright ray of light deep into some one's ear, you would be able, after a little trying, to see this drum-skin stretched across the bottom of it and about an inch and a quarter in from the surface of the head.

    A Handbook of Health

  • Beats like an ill-played drum-skin, quick and slow;

    The Light of Asia

  • When the thicker part of the piece of whalebone is struck against the edge of the drum-skin, the other end whips against the middle, and the skin is thus struck twice at the same time.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II


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