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kettledrum


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Kettledrum  \Ket"tle*drum`\  (-dr[u^]m`),  n. 
  1.  (Mus.)  A  drum  made  of  thin  copper  in  the  form  of  a 
  hemispherical  kettle,  with  parchment  stretched  over  the 
  mouth  of  it 
 
  Note:  Kettledrums,  in  pairs,  were  formerly  used  in  martial 
  music  for  cavalry,  but  are  now  chiefly  confined  to 
  orchestras,  where  they  are  called  {tympani}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  kettledrum 
  n  :  a  large  hemispherical  brass  or  copper  drum  with  a  drumhead 
  that  can  be  tuned  by  adjusting  the  tension  on  it  [syn:  {kettle}, 
  {tympanum},  {tympani},  {timpani}] 




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