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drum

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 (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

drumlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Illustration of drum

Origin and Etymology of drum

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


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drum

verb

Definition of drum

drummed; drumming
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 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.

First Known Use of drum

1582


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drum

noun

Definition of drum

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

Origin and Etymology of drum

Scottish Gaelic druim back, ridge, from Old Irish druimm



DRUM Defined for English Language Learners

drum

verb

Definition of drum for English Language Learners

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

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


DRUM Defined for Kids

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drum

noun \ ˈdrəm \

Definition of drum for Students

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

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drum

verb

Definition of drum for Students

drummed; drumming
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.

drummer

\ˈdrə-mər\ noun
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.

Medical Dictionary

drum

noun \ ˈdrəm \

medical Definition of drum



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