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.
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.