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Definitions of drum

  1. a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends
  2. a hollow cast- iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes
  3. small to medium- sized bottom- dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise
  4. a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretch across each end
  5. a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids
  6. the sound of a drum; " he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"
  7. play the drums
  8. play a percussion instrument
  9. 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.
  10. Anything resembling a drum in form
  11. 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.
  12. A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are packed.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. See Drumfish.
  16. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a private house; a rout.
  17. A tea party; a kettledrum.
  18. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum.
  19. 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.
  20. To throb, as the heart.
  21. To execute on a drum, as a tune.
  22. ( With out) To expel ignominiously, with beat of drum; as, to drum out a deserter or rogue from a camp, etc.
  23. ( 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.
  24. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; - with for.
  25. 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.
  26. To beat a drum; beat rapidly with the fingers: to make a noise like that of a beaten drum.
  27. 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.
  28. Drummed.
  29. Drumming.
  30. The tympanum of the ear.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. To beat a drum: to beat with the fingers.
  34. To drum out, to expel:- pr. p. drumming; pa. p. drummed'.
  35. DRUMMER.
  36. Musical instrument of percussion; tympanum of the ear; revolving cylinder.
  37. To beat a drunm.
  38. To play on a drum; beat a drum.
  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 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.
  42. To play on a drum; to expel with beat of drum; to beat up for customers.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. To beat or play on a drum.

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
  3. At all events, he should go out somewhere, and beat the big British drum, one way or another. – The Whirlpool by George Gissing
  4. His fingers drum impatiently on the table; he measures me with mocking, suspicious eyes. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  5. I fastened my handkerchief to the nine sticks that stood erect, and extended it on all sides till it was as tight as the top of a drum; and I desired the Emperor to let a troop of his best horse, twenty- four in number, come and exercise upon this plain. – The Blue Fairy Book by Various
  6. " Queensboro Bridge will be packed tight as a drum," said Eyer quietly. – Lords of the Stratosphere by Arthur J. Burks
  7. " Hearest thou not the drum? – Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  8. Thrice happy Sicilian drum- major, if the story be true! – Peter Ibbetson by George Du Maurier
  9. He heard the sound of a drum in the distance. – When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 15, 2009
  10. Five days later I returned to the charge, and was rewarded by seeing the fellow drum once; but, as before, intervening brush obscured my view. – A Rambler's lease by Bradford Torrey
  11. Old Mr. Winter was aroused from his afternoon nap by the terrific beating of the drum, and thought the British were coming down upon him. – Little Grandfather by Sophie May
  12. For, listening, I hear on the drum of the ear, These thoughts in cat language conveyed- The which I interpret lest it should appear Of telling the truth I'm afraid. – The Emigrant Mechanic and Other Tales In Verse Together With Numerous Songs Upon Canadian Subjects by Thomas Cowherd
  13. The propellers are held as tight as a drum! – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  14. " I can't drum anything," he said. – O+F by John Moncure Wetterau
  15. In the cellar, it was the turn for the drum. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  16. I heard that instant the self- same drum Which beat at his call when France arose From her ashes and blood when he bade her come In Liberty's name to face her foes; I saw her invincible armies arise, The light of Liberty in their eyes. – The Coast of Bohemia by Thomas Nelson Page
  17. I will beat the drum of immortality in the darkness of this world." – Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot
  18. So terrified were we on account of fire, that though, when we went to sleep after our watches were expired, our men often sounded their drum at our ears without awakening us, if the word fire had been spoken, however softly, we would all instantly run from our chambers; so that I was forced to warn them not to talk of fire in the night without urgent occasion. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII. by Robert Kerr
  19. Those drum heads are worth fifteen dollars and we are going to pay the owner of the drum for the damage we did. – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Mississippi-or-Afloat-with-the-Big-Show-on-the-Big-River by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
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