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

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Other Words from drumbeat

drumbeater \ ˈdrəm-​ˌbē-​tər How to pronounce drumbeater (audio) \ noun
drumbeating \ ˈdrəm-​ˌbē-​tiŋ How to pronounce drumbeating (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 The freeze, and the thaw The IU band is quiet, save for the drumbeat. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Bob Knight returns to Assembly Hall to tears, cheers as years of anger fade away," 8 Feb. 2020 The drumbeat of warnings shows that risks to investors remain. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Investors are shrugging off coronavirus. Businesses aren't," 6 Feb. 2020 Here's why that might not be the answer ] Brady Hoke was fired as Michigan's coach after that 2014 season, replaced by Jim Harbaugh, and every week the drumbeat gets louder for the Lions to make a similar move with their coach, Matt Patricia. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Add this 38-17 loss to Detroit Lions' seven-game freefall: 'It's sad'," 15 Dec. 2019 As the drumbeats of impeachment grow louder, President Donald Trump took the stage at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, defending nationalism while imploring the world to act to combat Iranian agression. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "President Trump nominates another Kentuckian for a United Nations post," 10 Dec. 2019 Pelosi decided to have the vote following a GOP drumbeat that the inquiry was tainted because lawmakers hadn't voted to formally commence the work. Alan Fram And Matthew Daly, chicagotribune.com, "Trump impeachment inquiry takes big step forward: House approves rules outlining how closed-door depositions will become public," 31 Oct. 2019 From the sounds of Rio’s bustling streets and the African drumbeats of Bahia to the remote desert landscapes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Maranhão, the country puts you under a spell at every turn. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "20 Jet Setters Who Went Crazy For The Beauty Of Brazil," 23 Jan. 2020 Hayes Brown manages to capture that drumbeat in this masterful essay, isolating its sound out of the symphony with surgical precision. Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2019: Science and Nature," 13 Dec. 2019 And all this against the drumbeat of trade war with China. The Economist, "Sound and fury The Trump administration’s trade policies clash with each other," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of drumbeat

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Drumbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumbeat. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drumbeat

: the sound made by beating a drum

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