- The definition of a drum is a round metal or hollow wooden instrument with a flexible material stretched over it that is played by hitting with sticks or hands.
An example of a drum is the instrument that Tommy Lee plays in the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.
A woman playing the drums.
drum definition by Webster's New World
- 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: ; from Dutch trom, akin to Middle Low German trumme, drum, Old High German trumba, of echoic origin, originally
- 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
- a narrow hill or ridge
Origin: see drumlin
drum definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- Anatomy The eardrum.
- 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: Middle English drom, probably alteration of Middle Dutch tromme, probably of imitative origin.
drum - Computer Definition
drum - Medical Definition
drum - Phrases/Idioms
beat the drum forâ
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