drum·​beat | \ ˈdrəm-ˌbēt How to pronounce drumbeat (audio) \

Definition of drumbeat

1 : a stroke on a drum or its sound also : a series of such strokes
2 : vociferous advocacy of a cause

Other Words from drumbeat

drumbeater \ ˈdrəm-​ˌbē-​tər How to pronounce drumbeat (audio) \ noun
drumbeating \ ˈdrəm-​ˌbē-​tiŋ How to pronounce drumbeat (audio) \ noun

Examples of drumbeat in a Sentence

I could hear the drumbeat of a parade down the street. a dizzying drumbeat of interviews in the hours following her winning of the Academy Award
Recent Examples on the Web Democratic strategists argued that such a massive change in the legal landscape will trigger a drumbeat of news coverage as states adapt to the new legal realities, keeping the issue front of mind for a sustained period. Annie Linskey, Colby Itkowitz, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2022 Initiated by police officers, school officials and panicked family members, the Suffolk County cases sounded a drumbeat of domestic mayhem and potential disaster. New York Times, 5 June 2022 Beijing, meantime, has rolled a steady drumbeat of tightening measures in recent weeks that have prompted a small number of residents to flee the city and many others to restock their pantries. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, 8 May 2022 But a drumbeat of humiliation for Russia could further sow discord inside the military, political and intelligence elites. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 1 Apr. 2022 Happy to take up that drumbeat, though, is Kemp's challenger David Perdue, a former senator who lost to Jon Ossoff but who has embraced a MAGA-edge in his campaigning to return to office. Isabella Murray, ABC News, 24 May 2022 Against the drumbeat of violence in Northern Ireland, author Audrey Magee juxtaposes an exploration of art, language, and love. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 May 2022 But the drumbeat to defund the police has been drowned out by the reality of rising crime rates in cities around the country. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 In a video uploaded to YouTube by a concert attendee, Arroyo is seen having some banter with frontman Eddie Vedder before the whole band helps him get started on the drumbeat. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of drumbeat

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Jul 2022

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“Drumbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumbeat. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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