Kettledrum definitions

kĕt'l-drŭm'
A large hemispherical drum, often made of copper or brass with a parchment head.
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A percussion instrument consisting of a hollow hemisphere of copper or brass and a parchment top that can be tightened or loosened to change the pitch; timpano.
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(music) A large hemispherical brass percussion instrument (one of the timpani) with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting its tension.
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(dated) An informal social party at which a light collation is offered, held in the afternoon or early evening.
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