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Definitions of drum

  1. To beat or play a tune on a drum; to beat with the flagers, as on a table; to beat, as the heart; to seek to attract and gather, as by going round with a drum. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To play on a drum; beat a drum. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To execute on a drum, as a tune. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. (With out) To expel ignominiously, with beat of drum; as, to drum out a deserter or rogue from a camp, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. (With up) To assemble by, or as by, beat of drum; to collect; to gather or draw by solicitation; as, to drum up recruits; to drum up customers. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To play (a tune) on the drum; to gather together, as customers: with up; to repeat constantly; as, to drum a complaint into one's ears. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To drum out, to expel:-pr.p. drumming; pa.p. drummed'. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To beat with the fingers, as with drumsticks; to beat with a rapid succession of strokes; to make a noise like that of a beaten drum; as, the ruffed grouse drums with his wings. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To throb, as the heart. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; - with for. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To beat a drum; beat rapidly with the fingers: to make a noise like that of a beaten drum. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To beat a drum: to beat with the fingers. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. To beat a drunm. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. play the drums Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. To play on a drum; to expel with beat of drum; to beat up for customers. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To beat or play on a drum. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. Drumming. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. a hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretch across each end Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. the sound of a drum; "he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. play a percussion instrument Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. An instrument of percussion, consisting either of a hollow cylinder, over each end of which is stretched a piece of skin or vellum, to be beaten with a stick; or of a metallic hemisphere (kettledrum) with a single piece of skin to be so beaten; the common instrument for marking time in martial music; one of the pair of tympani in an orchestra, or cavalry band. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Anything resembling a drum in form Webster Dictionary DB
  27. A sheet iron radiator, often in the shape of a drum, for warming an apartment by means of heat received from a stovepipe, or a cylindrical receiver for steam, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are packed. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. One of the cylindrical, or nearly cylindrical, blocks, of which the shaft of a column is composed; also, a vertical wall, whether circular or polygonal in plan, carrying a cupola or dome. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. A cylinder on a revolving shaft, generally for the purpose of driving several pulleys, by means of belts or straps passing around its periphery; also, the barrel of a hoisting machine, on which the rope or chain is wound. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. See Drumfish. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a private house; a rout. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. A tea party; a kettledrum. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. A musical instrument consisting of a hollow cylinder with velium or dried skins stretched across the ends, and beaten with sticks; the membrane or skin of the inner ear; a drum-shaped box for figs; a cylinder or revolving shaft. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  35. A Celtic word signifying a round knoll, a ridge, a small hill. It enters into the composition of many place-names, especially in Ireland and Scotland, as Drumcondra, Drumglass, Drumsheugh, Drumlanrig, Drumoak, and is frequently found alone as the name of a farm, estate, village, and the like. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  36. A cylindrical musical instrument: anything shaped like a drum: the tympanum or middle portion of the ear: (arch.) the upright part of a cupola: (mech.) a revolving cylinder: the name formerly given to a fashionable and crowded evening party in England, at which card-playing appears to have been the chief attraction: a rout. The more riotous of such assemblies were styled drum-majors. "Not unaptly styled a drum, from the noise and emptiness of the entertainment."-Smollett. "They were all three to go together to the opera, and thence to Lady Thomas Hatchet's drum."-Fielding. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  37. DRUMMER. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  38. Musical instrument of percussion; tympanum of the ear; revolving cylinder. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  39. A hollow cylinder, the ends of which are covered with skin. to be beaten with drumsticks. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  40. A cylindrical organ. as the thympanum, or middle ear. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. A musical instrument, hollow, round, and flat at the two ends, which are covered with parchment or vellum; in machinery, a short cylinder moving on an axis; anything resembling a drum in form. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  42. A martial instrument of music in form of a hollow cylinder and covered at the ends with vellum, which is stretched or slackened at pleasure; a quantity packed in the form of a drum, as a drum of figs; sheet-iron in the shape of a drum to receive heat from a stove-pipe; the tympanum or barrel of the ear; the hollow part of the ear behind the membrane of the tympanum; a short revolving cylinder, generally for the purpose of turning several small wheels by means of straps passing round it; the upright part of a cupola, either above or below a dome; the vase of a Corinthian or composite capital; a large evening party of a somewhat tumultuous description fashionable at one time. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  43. Drummed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for drum

  1. There was a faint drum of hoofs from behind as three horsemen caught up with the first wave of Quirk's Scouts. – Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Alice Norton
  2. He then sent for Metcalfe, and being much interested in his story often watched him on the march, and noticed, to his surprise, that, by listening to the drum Jack was able to keep step with the rest. – The Strange Story Book by Mrs. Andrew Lang
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