drum one's fingers

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of drum one's fingers

: to rapidly tap one's fingertips (on a surface)
  • She was drumming her fingers on the table.

Word by Word Definitions

drum play
  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)

  2. : tympanic membrane

  3. : the sound of a drum

  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

  1. : a long narrow hill or ridge

  2. : drumlin

finger play fingers
  1. : any of the five terminating members of the hand : a digit of the forelimb

  2. : something that resembles a finger

  3. : a part of a glove into which a finger is inserted

  1. : to touch or feel with the fingers

  2. : to play (a musical instrument) with the fingers

  3. : to play (notes, chords, etc.) with a specific fingering


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