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.
  2. To play on a drum; beat a drum.
  3. To execute on a drum, as a tune.
  4. ( With out) To expel ignominiously, with beat of drum; as, to drum out a deserter or rogue from a camp, etc.
  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.
  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.
  7. To drum out, to expel:- pr. p. drumming; pa. p. drummed'.
  8. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum.
  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.
  10. To throb, as the heart.
  11. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; - with for.
  12. To beat a drum; beat rapidly with the fingers: to make a noise like that of a beaten drum.
  13. To beat a drum: to beat with the fingers.
  14. To beat a drunm.
  15. play the drums
  16. To play on a drum; to expel with beat of drum; to beat up for customers.
  17. To beat or play on a drum.
  18. Drumming.
  19. a hollow cast- iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes
  20. small to medium- sized bottom- dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise
  21. a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretch across each end
  22. a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids
  23. the sound of a drum; " he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"
  24. play a percussion instrument
  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.
  26. Anything resembling a drum in form
  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.
  28. A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are packed.
  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.
  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.
  31. See Drumfish.
  32. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a private house; a rout.
  33. A tea party; a kettledrum.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  37. DRUMMER.
  38. Musical instrument of percussion; tympanum of the ear; revolving cylinder.
  39. A hollow cylinder, the ends of which are covered with skin. to be beaten with drumsticks.
  40. A cylindrical organ. as the thympanum, or middle ear.
  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.
  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.
  43. Drummed.
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