drum


1drum

noun \ˈdrəm\

Definition of DRUM

1
:  a percussion instrument consisting of a hollow shell or cylinder with a drumhead stretched over one or both ends that is beaten with the hands or with some implement (as a stick or wire brush)
3
:  the sound of a drum; also :  a sound similar to that of a drum
4
:  any of various chiefly marine bony fishes (family Sciaenidae) that make a drumming or croaking noise using their air bladder and associated muscles
5
:  something resembling a drum in shape: as
a (1) :  any of the cylindrical blocks that form the shaft of a column
(2) :  a round wall or structure that supports a dome
b :  a cylindrical machine or mechanical device or part
c :  a cylindrical container; specifically :  a large usually metal container for liquids <a 55-gallon drum>
d :  a disk-shaped magazine for an automatic weapon
drum·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Illustration of DRUM

Origin of DRUM

probably from Dutch trom; akin to Middle High German trumme drum
First Known Use: 1539

2drum

verb

: to beat or play a drum or set of drums

: to make a sound by hitting a surface over and over again

drummeddrum·ming

Full Definition of DRUM

intransitive verb
1
:  to make a succession of strokes or vibrations that produce sounds like drumbeats
2
:  to beat a drum
3
:  to throb or sound rhythmically
4
:  to stir up interest :  solicit
transitive verb
1
:  to summon or enlist by or as if by beating a drum <were drummed into service>
2
:  to dismiss ignominiously :  expel —usually used with out
3
:  to drive or force by steady effort or reiteration <drummed the speech into her head>
4
a :  to strike or tap repeatedly
b :  to produce (rhythmic sounds) by such action

Examples of DRUM

  1. She drummed while he played the guitar.
  2. Her fingers drummed nervously on the table.
  3. He was nervously drumming a pencil on the desk.

First Known Use of DRUM

1583

3drum

noun

Definition of DRUM

1
chiefly Scottish :  a long narrow hill or ridge
2
:  drumlin

Origin of DRUM

Scottish Gaelic druim back, ridge, from Old Irish druimm
First Known Use: 1725

drum

noun \ˈdrəm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DRUM

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