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

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Coupled with Wednesday’s findings, that drumbeat of daunting news has cast a considerable pall over the international climate talks in Poland, which began this week and are scheduled to run through Dec. 14. Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018.," 5 Dec. 2018 The economy is humming, the party’s centrist and liberal wings are fighting, and the drumbeat of impending Trump doom isn’t finding much accompaniment. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "McCaskill’s Intimidation Game," 26 July 2018 The drumbeat of accusations quickened: That the EPA once considered a roughly $100,000-a-month contract to lease Pruitt a private jet. Brady Dennis, Washington Post, "Scott Pruitt steps down as EPA head after ethics, management scandals," 5 July 2018 In a way, the drumbeat of LeBron criticism eventually worked in his favor. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kevin Durant Won't Leave the Warriors, But Maybe He Should," 8 June 2018 Well, make no mistake, this is part of a persistent drumbeat. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway reacts to anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed," 5 Sep. 2018 Or to the relentless drumbeat of frightful medical updates as older brother, Nick, faced down a brain tumor. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Aztecs' Casey at the bat — and mound — living remarkable baseball life," 30 May 2018 The news site The Intercept had urged her on, publishing a drumbeat of negative stories about Mr. Crowley, and glowing stories about her, in the campaign’s closing weeks. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Defeats Joseph Crowley in Major Democratic House Upset," 26 June 2018 There’s a loud drumbeat that Tampa GM Jason Licht likes Florida State S Derwin James, despite what the scene at FSU’s pro day might’ve led some to believe. Albert Breer, SI.com, "2018 NFL Draft: Expect the Unexpected ... And Also For 29 Teams to Make These 32 Picks," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of drumbeat

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of drumbeat was in 1817

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English Language Learners Definition of drumbeat

: the sound made by beating a drum

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