A woman playing the drums.
An example of a drum is the instrument that Tommy Lee plays in the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.
- a percussion instrument consisting of a hollow cylinder or hemisphere with a membrane stretched tightly over the end or ends, played by beating with the hands, sticks, etc.
- a set of drums and cymbals played by one person in a jazz, rock, or dance band
- the sound produced by beating a drum, or any sound like this
- any of various drumlike cylindrical objects; specif.,
- a metal spool or cylinder around which cable, etc. is wound in a machine
- a barrel-like metal container for oil, etc.
- any of the cylindrical blocks making up the shaft of a stone column
- the circular or polygonal wall supporting a dome
- ☆ any of a family (Sciaenidae) of marine and freshwater percoid fishes that make a drumming sound
- middle ear
- tympanic membrane
Origin of drum; from Dutch trom, akin to Middle Low German trumme, drum, Old High German trumba, of echoic origin, originally
intransitive verbdrummed, drumming
- to beat a drum
- to beat or tap continually or rhythmically, as with the fingers
- ☆ to make a loud, reverberating sound by quivering the wings: said of the ruffed grouse, etc.
- to play (a tune, rhythm, etc.) on or as on a drum
- to beat or tap continually
- to assemble by beating a drum
- to instill (ideas, facts, etc.) into by continued repetition
beat the drum for☆
drum out of
- Historical to expel from (the army) with drums beating
- to expel from in disgrace
- to summon by or as by beating a drum
- to get (business, etc.) by soliciting
- a narrow hill or ridge
Origin of drumsee drumlin
- a. A percussion instrument consisting of a hollow cylinder or hemisphere with a membrane stretched tightly over one or both ends, played by beating with the hands or sticks.b. A sound produced by this instrument.
- Something resembling a drum in shape or structure, especially a barrellike metal container or a metal cylinder wound with cable, wire, or heavy rope.
- Architecture a. A circular or polygonal wall supporting a dome or cupola. Also called tambour.b. Any of the cylindrical stone blocks that are stacked to form the shaft of a column.
- Any of various marine and freshwater fishes of the family Sciaenidae that make a drumming sound by vibrating certain muscles attached to the swim bladder.
- Anatomy The eardrum.
verbdrummed drummed, drum·ming, drums
- To play a drum or drums.
- To thump or tap rhythmically or continually: nervously drummed on the table.
- To produce a booming, reverberating sound by beating the wings, as certain birds do.
- To perform (a piece or tune) on or as if on a drum.
- To summon by or as if by beating a drum.
- To make known to or force upon (a person) by constant repetition: drummed the answers into my head.
- To expel or dismiss in disgrace. Often used with out: was drummed out of the army.
Origin of drumMiddle English drom, probably alteration of Middle Dutch tromme, probably of imitative origin.
- A percussive musical instrument spanned with a thin covering on at least one end for striking, forming an acoustic chamber, affecting what materials are used to make it.
- Any similar hollow, cylindrical object.
- In particular, a barrel or large cylindrical container for liquid transport and storage.
- The restaurant ordered ketchup in 50-gallon drums.
- (architecture) The encircling wall that supports a dome or cupola
- (architecture) Any of the cylindrical blocks that make up the shaft of a pillar
- A drumfish.
- (slang) A person's home.
- (Australia slang) A tip, a piece of information.
(third-person singular simple present drums, present participle drumming, simple past and past participle drummed)
- (intransitive) To beat a drum.
- (intransitive) To beat with a rapid succession of strokes.
- The ruffed grouse drums with his wings.
- To drill or review in an attempt to establish memorization.
- He’s still trying to drum Spanish verb conjugations into my head.
- To throb, as the heart.
- To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc.; used with for.
Alternate etymology traces drum directly from Middle Dutch tromme (“drum”) or Middle Low German trumme (“drum”). Akin to Middle High German trumme, trumbe (“drum”), Old High German trumba (“trumpet”). More at trumpet.