• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Kettle-drum a musical instrument now used chiefly in orchestras and in cavalry bands, consisting of a hollow brass hemisphere with a parchment head, sounded by soft-headed elastic drumsticks: a tea-party
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cetel; Ger. kessel, Goth. katils; all perh. from L. catillus, dim. of catinus, a deep cooking-vessel.


In literature:

There are some battered-looking kettle-drums, one belonging to the same monarch.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
The result was a rain of musketry, which rattled on the iron armour of the launch's protecting screen as the sticks rattle on a kettle-drum.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
Later, sounds were produced like the beating of a kettle-drum.
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland
In the distance, like kettle-drums beaten for a dance, a constant reverberation of guns.
"One Man's Initiation--1917" by John Dos Passos
In vain his brazen kettle-drums and trumpets called to the flying infidels.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
The rebels heard the thunder of the imperial kettle-drums; they could not believe their ears.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
The kettle-drums, resting on the ground, were scraped with wet fingers, and covered with leopard skin.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Our kettle-drums had had but little opportunity for making themselves heard.
"The Fixed Period" by Anthony Trollope
It's the gayest place on earth, a dance or a tea or a bridge or some sort of kettle-drum every day.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
She told them all about her kettle-drum.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
I'll play the flute and you can play the kettle-drum.
"The Grey Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
On the almost imperceptible incline appear trumpets and kettle-drums, preceding heralds on horseback.
"Majesty" by Louis Couperus
The king shoots always first, amidst the sounding of kettle-drums and trumpets.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. I." by Gustav Freytag
As soon as the Cloth was laid, the Kettle-Drums were sounded a second time.
"The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume III" by Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz
Kettle-drums bang and cymbals clang, And the devil drown care in the pool of despair.
"Tales From the 'Phantasus', etc. of Ludwig Tieck" by Ludwig Tieck
The Commander-in-Chief wished to insist on a red sash and a long cut-and-thrust sword, with (if possible) a kettle-drum.
"The Suprising Adventures of Sir Toady Lion With Those of General Napoleon Smith" by S. R. Crockett
The day opens with singing and the beating of drums and kettles.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick
The instruments of percussion are the military drum, base-drum, kettle-drum, tabor, tamborine, and the triangle.
"Popular Technology; Volume 2" by Edward Hazen
Have they drums with definite tones (like our kettle-drums)?
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel
She has been often seen to ride full gallop upon a Broom-Stick at Noon-Day, and swim over a River in a Kettle-Drum.
"Arbuthnotiana: The Story of the St. Alb-ns Ghost (1712) A Catalogue of Dr. Arbuthnot's Library (1779)" by Anonymous

In poetry:

The wisest was a Freshman once, just freed from bar and bolt,
As noisy as a kettle-drum, as leggy as a colt;
Don't be too savage with the boys,--the Primer does not say
The kitten ought to go to church because the cat doth prey.
"Meeting Of The Alumni Of Harvard College" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Police blocked off the sidewalks on Bloomberg's street and corralled the demonstrators on Fifth Avenue between 78th and 79th streets, kettling them into a pen where they were drumming and dancing.