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 Imagine Dragons Heavy drumbeats and a driving, anthemic chorus give this song its immediate pump-up power from rock show mainstays Imagine Dragons, led by their energetic frontman Dan Reynolds. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here Are 50 of the Best Workout Songs to Get You Motivated," 8 Jan. 2020 There are always souls needing drumbeats and tamarind, in Um-Helat. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction," 29 Dec. 2019 Nothing but the drumbeat of despair for this team that entered the season with such great expectations. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Embarrassing? Disturbing? Ugly? Pick a word for inexcusable Cleveland Browns loss," 16 Dec. 2019 When Parasite premiered at Cannes in May — Bong's fifth outing at the festival — the awards season drumbeat began building almost immediately. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Making of 'Parasite': How Bong Joon Ho's Real Life Inspired a Plot-Twisty Tale of Rich vs. Poor," 8 Nov. 2019 The armchair punditry is only exacerbated by a steady drumbeat of polling on the race. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "These Are the Mistakes Democrats Don’t Want to Repeat in 2020," 18 July 2019 But ordinary Chinese live amid a pounding drumbeat of nationalism and constant reminders of an unspecified terrorist threat. The Economist, "Few Chinese officials are blushing at a damning leak about Xinjiang," 21 Nov. 2019 The president’s angry response comes as Democrats, determined to sustain public attention and support for the impeachment inquiry, keep up a daily drumbeat of depositions, subpoenas, and new revelations. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — President Trump, increasingly embittered by an impeachment inquiry that Democrats are intensifying by the day, complained on Monday that Republicans were not united enough in defending him against what he called “vicious” adversaries bent on removing him.," 21 Oct. 2019 And, of course, the drumbeat of Amazon was ever in their ears, drowning out Christmas carols even in the normally robust holiday season. Zachary Karabell, Wired, "Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of drumbeat

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drumbeat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumbeat. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drumbeat

: the sound made by beating a drum

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