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drum

play
noun \ˈdrəm\

Definition of drum

  1. 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)

  2. 2 :  tympanic membrane

  3. 3 :  the sound of a drum; also :  a sound similar to that of a drum

  4. 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. 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

drumlike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective


Illustration of drum

Origin of drum

probably from Dutch trom; akin to Middle High German trumme drum


First Known Use: 1539

Rhymes with drum


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drum

verb

Simple Definition of drum

  • : to beat or play a drum or set of drums

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of drum

drummeddrumming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a succession of strokes or vibrations that produce sounds like drumbeats

  3. 2 :  to beat a drum

  4. 3 :  to throb or sound rhythmically

  5. 4 :  to stir up interest :  solicit

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to summon or enlist by or as if by beating a drum <were drummed into service>

  8. 2 :  to dismiss ignominiously :  expel —usually used with out

  9. 3 :  to drive or force by steady effort or reiteration <drummed the speech into her head>

  10. 4 a :  to strike or tap repeatedly b :  to produce (rhythmic sounds) by such action

Examples of drum in a sentence

  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.



1583

First Known Use of drum

1583


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drum

noun

Definition of drum

  1. 1 chiefly Scottish :  a long narrow hill or ridge

  2. 2 :  drumlin



Origin of drum

Scottish Gaelic druim back, ridge, from Old Irish druimm


First Known Use: 1725



DRUM Defined for Kids

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drum

play
noun \ˈdrəm\

Definition of drum for Students

  1. 1 :  a musical instrument usually consisting of a metal or wooden round frame with flat ends covered by tightly stretched skin

  2. 2 :  a tapping sound :  a sound of or like a drum <the drum of raindrops>

  3. 3 :  an object shaped like a cylinder <an oil drum>




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drum

play
verb

Definition of drum for Students

drummeddrumming

  1. 1 :  to beat or play a drum

  2. 2 :  to make a tapping sound :  make a sound like a drum <The rain drummed on the roof.>

  3. 3 :  to beat or tap in a rhythmic way <She drummed her fingers.>

drummer \ˈdrə-mər\ noun
drum into
  1. :  to force (something) to be learned by repeating it over and over <She drummed the lesson into our heads.>

drum out of
  1. :  to force to leave (a place or organization) <They drummed him out of the club.>

drum up
  1. :  to gather or create by hard work <We need to drum up new business.>




Medical Dictionary

drum

play
noun \ˈdrəm\

Medical Definition of drum





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