from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small double-headed drum having one or more wires or cords stretched across the bottom head to increase reverberation. Also called side drum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tubular drum with skins stretched over the top and bottom, and having a set of chains that can be applied to the bottom skin to create a rattling sound.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the smaller common military drum, as distinguished from the bass drum; -- so called because (in order to render it more resonant) it has stretched across its lower head a catgut string or strings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as side-drum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head
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An unexpected beat on a snare drum made a French horn splutter out a belching sound, and in the back of the band something big emitted a snort, one that made Lisa think of a blue whale that had just surfaced after a week underwater.