Drum definitions

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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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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.
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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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A set of drums and cymbals played by one person in a jazz, rock, or dance band.
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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 beat a drum.
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The eardrum.
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To beat or tap continually or rhythmically, as with the fingers.
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To play a drum or drums.
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To make a loud, reverberating sound by quivering the wings.
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To thump or tap rhythmically or continually.

Nervously drummed on the table.

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To produce a booming, reverberating sound by beating the wings, as certain birds do.
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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 perform (a piece or tune) on or as if on a drum.
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To assemble by beating a drum.
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To summon by or as if by beating a drum.
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To instill (ideas, facts, etc.) into by continued repetition.
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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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To expel or dismiss in disgrace. Often used with out:

Was drummed out of the army.

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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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(architecture) Any of the cylindrical blocks that make up the shaft of a pillar.
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Any similar hollow, cylindrical object.
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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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The eardrum.
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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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(slang) A person's home.
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(architecture) The encircling wall that supports a dome or cupola.
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(Australia slang) A tip, a piece of information.
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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.
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A sound produced by this instrument.
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A circular or polygonal wall supporting a dome or cupola.
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Any of the cylindrical stone blocks that are stacked to form the shaft of a column.
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A narrow hill or ridge.
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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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Origin of drum

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.