Definition of Drum

1. Noun. A musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end.




2. Verb. Make a rhythmic sound. "The drums beat all night"
Exact synonyms: Beat, Thrum
Related verbs: Beat
Generic synonyms: Go, Sound
Derivative terms: Beat, Drummer

3. Noun. The sound of a drum. "He could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"
Generic synonyms: Sound

4. Verb. Play a percussion instrument.
Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Play
Derivative terms: Drummer, Drumming

5. Noun. A bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends.
Exact synonyms: Barrel
Generic synonyms: Cylinder

6. Verb. Study intensively, as before an exam. "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam"
Exact synonyms: Bone, Bone Up, Cram, Get Up, Grind Away, Mug Up, Swot, Swot Up
Related verbs: Cram
Generic synonyms: Hit The Books, Study
Derivative terms: Crammer, Crammer, Swot

7. Noun. A cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids.
Exact synonyms: Metal Drum
Generic synonyms: Vessel

8. Noun. A hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes.
Exact synonyms: Brake Drum
Group relationships: Drum Brake
Generic synonyms: Cylinder

9. Noun. Small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise.

Definition of Drum

1. n. 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.

2. v. i. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum.

3. v. t. To execute on a drum, as a tune.

Definition of Drum

1. Noun. A percussive musical instrument spanned with a thin covering on at least one end for striking, forming an acoustic chamber, affecting what materials are used to make it. ¹

2. Noun. Any similar hollow, cylindrical object. ¹

3. Noun. In particular, a barrel or large cylindrical container for liquid transport and storage. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete or historical) A social gathering or assembly held in the evening. ¹

5. Noun. (architecture) The encircling wall that supports a dome or cupola ¹

6. Noun. (architecture) Any of the cylindrical blocks that make up the shaft of a pillar ¹

7. Noun. A drumfish. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) (''music'') To beat a drum. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) To knock successively and playfully. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To drill or review in an attempt to establish memorization. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Drum

1. to beat a drum (a percussion instrument) [v DRUMMED, DRUMMING, DRUMS]

Medical Definition of Drum

1. 1. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum. 2. 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. "Drumming with his fingers on the arm of his chair." (W. Irving) 3. To throb, as the heart. 4. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; with for. Origin: Drummed; Drumming. 1. 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. "The drums cry bud-a-dub." (Gascoigne) 2. Anything resembling a drum in form; as: 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. A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc, are packed. 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. 3. See Drumfish. 4. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a private house; a rout. "Not unaptly styled a drum, from the noise and emptiness of the entertainment." (Smollett) There were also drum major, rout, tempest, and hurricane, differing only in degrees of multitude and uproar, as the significant name of each declares. 5. A tea party; a kettledrum. Bass drum. Double drum. See Double. Origin: Cf. D. Trom, trommel, LG. Trumme, G. Trommel, Dan. Tromme, Sw. Trumma, OHG. Trumba a trumpet, Icel. Pruma a clap of thunder, and as a verb, to thunder, Dan. Drum a booming sound, drumme to boom; prob. Partly at least of imitative origin; perh. Akin to E. Trum, or trumpet. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Drum

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druidical
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druidish
druidism
druidisms
druids
drum (current term)
drum-kit
drum brake
drum brakes
drum cadence
drum cadences
drum head
drum kit
drum kits
drum machine
drum major
drum majorette
drum majors
drum membrane

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