drum

noun (1)
\ˈdrəm \

Definition of drum 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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 (such 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: such 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

verb
drummed; drumming

Definition of drum (Entry 2 of 3)

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

4a : to strike or tap repeatedly

b : to produce (rhythmic sounds) by such action

drum

noun (2)

Definition of drum (Entry 3 of 3)

1 chiefly Scotland : a long narrow hill or ridge

2 : drumlin

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Noun (1)

1drum 1: 1 bass, 2 snare (orchestra), 3 snare (parade)

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from drum

Noun (1)

drumlike \-ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for drum

Synonyms: Verb

beat, rap, tap

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Examples of drum in a Sentence

Verb

She drummed while he played the guitar. Her fingers drummed nervously on the table. He was nervously drumming a pencil on the desk.
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First Known Use of drum

Noun (1)

circa 1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1582, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drum

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Scottish Gaelic druim back, ridge, from Old Irish druimm

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The first known use of drum was circa 1534

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drum

verb

English Language Learners 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

drum

noun
\ˈdrəm \

Kids Definition of drum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : a tapping sound : a sound of or like a drum the drum of raindrops

3 : an object shaped like a cylinder an oil drum

drum

verb
drummed; drumming

Kids Definition of drum (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to beat or play a drum

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

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

drum into

: to force (something) to be learned by repeating it over and over She drummed the lesson into our heads.

drum out of

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

drum up

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

Other Words from drum

drummer \ˈdrə-mər \ noun

drum

noun
\ˈdrəm \

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