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Bass drum

the largest and lowest toned of drums, having a cylindrical body and two membrane heads.
Historical Examples

Then he got a bass drum which Curtis learned to play, and a very warlike sound often went up from the peaceful old homestead.
My Boyhood John Burroughs

The colonel called out, “What’s the matter with the bass drum?”
War from the Inside Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock

Each time he did this, a cloud of dust arose, and a sound like the tap of a bass drum broke the stillness.
Hunting in Many Lands Various

The man who plays the bass drum should have no difficulty in beating his way.
The New Pun Book Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey

He thought it, at first, the beating of his fevered blood in his ears; next, the distant tapping of a bass drum.
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians Ambrose Bierce

Others have a low pitch as the notes of a bass drum or the sound of thunder.
Physics Willis Eugene Tower

The crash inside the bass drum found a deafening echo in a blare of exploding horns and cornets.
Lady Luck Hugh Wiley

The bass drum was particularly distinguished in the accompaniment.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various

The exception I take to it is the persistent employment of the cymbals with the bass drum.
Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work Stephen Samuel Stratton

When he spoke at last, his voice was way down deep like a bass drum.
The Sick-a-Bed Lady Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

a large shallow drum of low and indefinite pitch Also called gran cassa

The large drum with a cylindrical shape that gives the strong beat in brass bands.


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