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 for Bass drum
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bass drum \Bass` drum"\ (Mus.)
     The largest of the different kinds of drums, having two
     heads, and emitting a deep, grave sound. See Bass, a.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drum \Drum\, n. [Cf. D. trom, trommel, LG. trumme, G. trommel,
     Dan. tromme, Sw. trumma, OHG. trumba a trumpet, Icel. pruma a
     clap of thunder, and as a verb, to thunder, Dan. drum a
     booming sound, drumme to boom; prob. partly at least of
     imitative origin; perh. akin to E. trum, or trumpet.]
     1. (Mus.) An instrument of percussion, consisting either of a
        hollow cylinder, over each end of which is stretched a
        piece of skin or vellum, to be beaten with a stick; or of
        a metallic hemisphere (kettledrum) with a single piece of
        skin to be so beaten; the common instrument for marking
        time in martial music; one of the pair of tympani in an
        orchestra, or cavalry band.
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              The drums cry bud-a-dub.              --Gascoigne.
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     2. Anything resembling a drum in form; as:
        (a) A sheet iron radiator, often in the shape of a drum,
            for warming an apartment by means of heat received
            from a stovepipe, or a cylindrical receiver for steam,
        (b) A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are
        (c) (Anat.) The tympanum of the ear; -- often, but
            incorrectly, applied to the tympanic membrane.
        (d) (Arch.) One of the cylindrical, or nearly cylindrical,
            blocks, of which the shaft of a column is composed;
            also, a vertical wall, whether circular or polygonal
            in plan, carrying a cupola or dome.
        (e) (Mach.) A cylinder on a revolving shaft, generally for
            the purpose of driving several pulleys, by means of
            belts or straps passing around its periphery; also,
            the barrel of a hoisting machine, on which the rope or
            chain is wound.
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     3. (Zool.) See Drumfish.
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     4. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a
        private house; a rout. [Archaic]
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              Not unaptly styled a drum, from the noise and
              emptiness of the entertainment.       --Smollett.
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     Note: There were also drum major, rout, tempest, and
           hurricane, differing only in degrees of multitude and
           uproar, as the significant name of each declares.
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     5. A tea party; a kettledrum. --G. Eliot.
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     Bass drum. See in the Vocabulary.
     Double drum. See under Double.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bass drum
      n 1: a large drum with two heads; makes a sound of indefinite
           but very low pitch [syn: bass drum, gran casa]

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