trom·​mel ˈträ-məl How to pronounce trommel (audio)
: a usually cylindrical or conical revolving screen used especially for screening or sizing rock, ore, or coal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On the other end of the property, volunteers fed yard trimmings into a giant metal trommel, the rotating cylinder sifting out big sticks and other extras. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 The Lewis crew begins sluicing and clocks its first gold weigh; Freddy and Juan fiddle with a massive trommel; Dakota Fred returns with a lead on virgin ground; Christo visits the Lewis claim; a surprise announcement divides Dustin’s crew. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021

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Word History


German, drum, from Middle High German trummel, diminutive of trumme drum — more at drum

First Known Use

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trommel was circa 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Trommel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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