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 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 The drumbeat reflects Biden's push to restore a sense of normalcy in the White House amid turmoil, weeks after the Capitol came under siege by pro-Trump supporters and as the death toll from a raging pandemic surpasses 435,000. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Daily routine and a script are back in the Biden White House but how long can it last?," 31 Jan. 2021 The drumbeat got louder, at least on social media, regarding a Heisman Trophy campaign for Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s 2020 season already a success, Jermar Jefferson a Heisman candidate: 10 takeaways from a 41-38 win over Oregon," 29 Nov. 2020 And still, as Los Angeles officials parse the daily drumbeat of cases and deaths, looking for any sign that the surge is slowing, Ms. Rivera keeps hearing the sirens. New York Times, "‘We Are Forced to Live in These Conditions’: In Los Angeles, Virus Ravages Overcrowded Homes," 23 Jan. 2021 But analysts said that despite the bureaucratic drumbeat, the final decision over Navalny’s fate would be made in the Kremlin. Ivan Nechepurenko, BostonGlobe.com, "Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is detained after returning from Germany," 17 Jan. 2021 Surveys across the region and the nation show the greatest toll of COVID-19 may not be found in the daily drumbeat of statistics tallying the dead and infected. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "In Central Florida, COVID-19 pandemic takes heavy toll on mental health | Part 5 of Special Series," 23 Dec. 2020 Death was always close at hand, and the drumbeat of losses in the arts, whether from COVID-19 or other causes, was constant. Jake Coyle, chicagotribune.com, "Performing in the pandemic, by Zoom, drive-in and doorstep," 22 Dec. 2020 Wirecard always denied vehemently that anything was wrong, but the drumbeat of doubts continued. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "The biggest business scandals of 2020," 27 Dec. 2020 As the drumbeat in Washington against Facebook has grown louder, the company has had years to prepare for a showdown. Brian Fung, CNN, "Dozens of states and the FTC sue Facebook for alleged anticompetitive behavior," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of drumbeat

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Feb 2021

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“Drumbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumbeat. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drumbeat

: the sound made by beating a drum

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