Meaning of kettledrum

ket•tle•drum

Pronunciation: (ket'l-drum"), [key]
— n.
  1. a drum consisting of a hollow hemisphere of brass, copper, or fiberglass over which is stretched a skin, the tension of which can be modified by hand screws or foot pedals to vary the pitch. Cf. timpani.
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