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ket·tle·drum / ˈketlˌdrəm/ • n. a large drum shaped like a bowl, with a membrane adjustable for tension (and so pitch) stretched across. Also collectively called timpani.DERIVATIVES: ket·tle·drum·mer n.
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tim·pa·ni / ˈtimpənē/ (also tym·pa·ni) •
pl. n. kettledrums, esp. when played by one musician in an orchestra.DERIVATIVES: tim·pa·nist / -nist/ n.
oxford views updated May 17 2018
Main percussion instruments in a symphony orchestra. They are hemispherical vessels of copper or brass with single skins, tuned by pedals or screws, and struck with sticks with hard felt heads. Military kettledrums, played on horseback, were introduced to Europe
by the Crusaders c.