Drum meaning

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To assemble by beating a drum.
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To thump or tap rhythmically or continually.

Nervously drummed on the table.

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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.

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Something resembling a drum in shape or structure, especially a barrellike metal container or a metal cylinder wound with cable, wire, or heavy rope.
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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.
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To expel or dismiss in disgrace. Often used with out:

Was drummed out of the army.

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To beat or tap continually or rhythmically, as with the fingers.
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To make a loud, reverberating sound by quivering the wings.
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To play (a tune, rhythm, etc.) on or as on a drum.
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To beat or tap continually.
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To instill (ideas, facts, etc.) into by continued repetition.
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(anatomy) The eardrum.
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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.
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Any similar hollow, cylindrical object.
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In particular, a barrel or large cylindrical container for liquid transport and storage.

The restaurant ordered ketchup in 50-gallon drums.

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(anatomy) The eardrum.
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To produce a booming, reverberating sound by beating the wings, as certain birds do.
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The sound produced by beating a drum, or any sound like this.
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Any of various drumlike cylindrical objects.
  • 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.
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Any of a family (Sciaenidae) of marine and freshwater percoid fishes that make a drumming sound.
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To beat a drum.
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(architecture) The encircling wall that supports a dome or cupola.
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(architecture) Any of the cylindrical blocks that make up the shaft of a pillar.
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(slang) A person's home.
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(Australia slang) A tip, a piece of information.
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(intransitive) To beat a drum.
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(intransitive) To beat with a rapid succession of strokes.

The ruffed grouse drums with his wings.

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To drill or review in an attempt to establish memorization.

He’s still trying to drum Spanish verb conjugations into my head.

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To throb, as the heart.

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To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc.; used with for.
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To play a drum or drums.
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To perform (a piece or tune) on or as if on a drum.
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To summon by or as if by beating a drum.
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To make known to or force upon (a person) by constant repetition.

Drummed the answers into my head.

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beat the drum for
  • to seek to arouse interest in or enthusiasm for
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drum out of
  • to expel from (the army) with drums beating
  • to expel from in disgrace
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drum up
  • to summon by or as by beating a drum
  • to get (business, etc.) by soliciting
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

beat the drum for
drum out of

Origin of drum

  • Middle English drom probably alteration of Middle Dutch tromme probably of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 1535, back-formation from drumslade (“drummer”) from Middle Dutch trommelslach (“drumbeat”), from trommel (“drum”) + slach (“beat”) (Dutch slag).

    From Wiktionary