What does drum mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drum, membranophone, tympan(noun)

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

  2. drum(noun)

    the sound of a drum

    "he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"

  3. barrel, drum(noun)

    a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends

  4. drum, metal drum(noun)

    a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids

  5. brake drum, drum(noun)

    a hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes

  6. drum, drumfish(verb)

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

  7. drum, beat, thrum(verb)

    make a rhythmic sound

    "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"

  8. drum(verb)

    play a percussion instrument

  9. cram, grind away, drum, bone up, swot, get up, mug up, swot up, bone(verb)

    study intensively, as before an exam

    "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam"

Wiktionary

  1. drum(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.

    Etymology: 1535, back-formation from drumslade "drummer" from or trommelslag "drumbeat" from trommel "drum" from trom "drum" + slag "beat" (slay) from slagen "to beat".

  2. drum(Noun)

    Any similar hollow, cylindrical object.

    Etymology: 1535, back-formation from drumslade "drummer" from or trommelslag "drumbeat" from trommel "drum" from trom "drum" + slag "beat" (slay) from slagen "to beat".

  3. drum(Noun)

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

    The restaurant ordered ketchup in 50-gallon drums.

    Etymology: 1535, back-formation from drumslade "drummer" from or trommelslag "drumbeat" from trommel "drum" from trom "drum" + slag "beat" (slay) from slagen "to beat".

  4. drum(Noun)

    A social gathering or assembly held in the evening.

    Etymology: 1535, back-formation from drumslade "drummer" from or trommelslag "drumbeat" from trommel "drum" from trom "drum" + slag "beat" (slay) from slagen "to beat".

  5. drum(Noun)

    The encircling wall that supports a dome or cupola

    Etymology: 1535, back-formation from drumslade "drummer" from or trommelslag "drumbeat" from trommel "drum" from trom "drum" + slag "beat" (slay) from slagen "to beat".

  6. drum(Noun)

    Any of the cylindrical blocks that make up the shaft of a pillar

    Etymology: 1535, back-formation from drumslade "drummer" from or trommelslag "drumbeat" from trommel "drum" from trom "drum" + slag "beat" (slay) from slagen "to beat".

  7. drum(Noun)

    A drumfish.

    Etymology: 1535, back-formation from drumslade "drummer" from or trommelslag "drumbeat" from trommel "drum" from trom "drum" + slag "beat" (slay) from slagen "to beat".

  8. drum(Verb)

    (music) To beat a drum.

    Etymology: 1535, back-formation from drumslade "drummer" from or trommelslag "drumbeat" from trommel "drum" from trom "drum" + slag "beat" (slay) from slagen "to beat".

  9. drum(Verb)

    To knock successively and playfully.

    Drumming one's fingers on a table is often an expression of impatience or annoyance.

    Etymology: 1535, back-formation from drumslade "drummer" from or trommelslag "drumbeat" from trommel "drum" from trom "drum" + slag "beat" (slay) from slagen "to beat".

  10. drum(Verb)

    To drill or review in an attempt to establish memorization.

    He's still trying to drum Spanish verb conjugations into my head.

    Etymology: 1535, back-formation from drumslade "drummer" from or trommelslag "drumbeat" from trommel "drum" from trom "drum" + slag "beat" (slay) from slagen "to beat".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drum(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Drum(noun)

    anything resembling a drum in form

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Drum(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Drum(noun)

    a small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are packed

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Drum(noun)

    the tympanum of the ear; -- often, but incorrectly, applied to the tympanic membrane

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Drum(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Drum(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Drum(noun)

    see Drumfish

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Drum(noun)

    a noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a private house; a rout

    Etymology: [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.]

  10. Drum(noun)

    a tea party; a kettledrum

    Etymology: [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.]

  11. Drum(verb)

    to beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum

    Etymology: [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.]

  12. Drum(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  13. Drum(verb)

    to throb, as the heart

    Etymology: [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.]

  14. Drum(verb)

    to go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; -- with for

    Etymology: [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.]

  15. Drum(verb)

    to execute on a drum, as a tune

    Etymology: [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.]

  16. Drum(verb)

    (With out) To expel ignominiously, with beat of drum; as, to drum out a deserter or rogue from a camp, etc

    Etymology: [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.]

  17. Drum(verb)

    (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

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  1. Drum

    The drum is a member of the percussion group of musical instruments. In the Hornbostel-Sachs classification system, it is a membranophone. Drums consist of at least one membrane, called a drumhead or drum skin, that is stretched over a shell and struck, either directly with the player's hands, or with a drum stick, to produce sound. There is usually a resonance head on the underside of the drum, typically tuned to a slightly lower pitch than the top drumhead. Other techniques have been used to cause drums to make sound, such as the thumb roll. Drums are the world's oldest and most ubiquitous musical instruments, and the basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. All types of drums, such as timpani for example, are tuned to a certain pitch. Often, several drums, other than timpani drums, can be arranged together to create a drum kit.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drum

    drum, n. an instrument of percussion, in which a skin of parchment, stretched on a frame of wood or metal, is beaten with an instrument called a drumstick: anything shaped like a drum: the tympanum or middle portion of the ear: (archit.) the upright part of a cupola: (mech.) a revolving cylinder: formerly a large and tumultuous evening party (said to be so called because rival hostesses vied with each other in beating up crowds of guests).—v.i. to beat a drum: to beat with the fingers.—v.t. to drum out, to expel: to summon:—pr.p. drum′ming; pa.p. drummed.—ns. Drum′head, the head of a drum (see Court-martial): the top part of a capstan; Drum′-mā′jor, the chief drummer of a regiment (now called sergeant-drummer); Drum′mer, one who drums: (U.S.) a commercial traveller; Drum′stick, the stick with which the drum is beat: the leg of a cooked fowl. [From a Teut. root found in Dut. trom, Ger. trommel, a drum; prob. imit.]

  2. Drum

    drum, n. a small hill or ridge of hills, used in many place-names, as Drumglass, Drumsheugh, &c. [Ir. druim, the back.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. drum

    Ancient techspeak term referring to slow, cylindrical magnetic media that were once state-of-the-art storage devices. Under some versions of BSD Unix the disk partition used for swapping is still called /dev/drum; this has led to considerable humor and not a few straight-faced but utterly bogus ‘explanations’ getting foisted on newbies. See also “ The Story of Mel'” in Appendix A.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DRUM

    Something noisy, and made to beat. DRUMMER Something noisy, but impossible to beat. From the Grk. _drimus_, meaning sharp. Hence, something sharp, that always carries its point and sticks whoever it can.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. drum

    See STORM-DRUM.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. drum

    A musical instrument of percussion, formed by stretching a piece of parchment over each end of a cylinder formed of thin wood, or over the top of a caldron-shaped vessel of brass; the latter is hence called a kettle-drum. The large drums which are beaten at each end are called double drums, or bass drums, and are used chiefly in military bands. Kettle-drums are always used in pairs; one of which is tuned to the key-note, the other to the fifth of the key. The drum is principally used for military purposes, especially for inspiring the soldiers under the fatigue of march or in battle. It is supposed to be an Eastern invention, and to have been brought into Europe by the Arabians, or perhaps the Moors. In the French army the drum is now, to some extent, abolished.

  2. drum

    To execute on a drum, as a tune;—with out, to expel with beat of drum; as, to drum out a deserter, etc.; with up, to assemble by beat of drum; to gather; to collect; as, to drum up recruits, etc.

Editors Contribution

  1. drum

    A type of musical instrument created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles to create a variety of musical sounds.

    Some people buy a drum to learn to play and if they like it and embrace it buy a drum kit to progress their talent.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 24, 2016  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Drum

    The name for a fashionable evening party of bygone days, from the noise made by the card players.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drum' in Nouns Frequency: #2247

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drum in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of drum in a Sentence

  1. Adam Smith:

    What we can do is try to shine a light on it, to make the case that this is a bad idea, drum up public pressure so the president will stop doing these things.

  2. Greg Guma:

    But he can be very aggressive, very strong and he speaks loud and in a rat, tat, tat, tat, drum beat. bernie is modulating his temperament. He is a brusque person who has a tendency to be dismissive, but he is accentuating the winning side of his personality.

  3. Bob Bergen:

    It’s actually the hardest thing, 'That’s all folks' is the most difficult thing I have to say. Because Mel Blanc said it once when he first got the job in the ‘30s. And after a few years, he used the original recording and, before I think the ‘40s, they stopped having Porky come out of the drum and [say the line]. He didn’t do it again until he started doing press in the ‘80s. And his voice had changed. He was older. So, when I say ‘That’s all folks,’ I’ll say… ‘Do you want 1930s Mel Blanc ‘That’s all folks’ or 1980s Mel Blanc ‘That’s all folks?’… It’s different. So I just do whatever I think feels good….

  4. Amesh Adalja:

    Anthrax is a zoonotic disease with human cases often tied to animal exposure. For example, multiple cases have occurred at African drumming events when individuals were exposed to animal drum skins that contained anthrax spores, because of the risk of spillover into humans, it is crucial to monitor animal anthrax outbreaks and delimit the exposure of humans while promptly administering post-exposure antibiotics to those exposed. It is also important to emphasize Anthrax is a major biowarfare threat and being prepared for outbreaks of animal origin directly enhances abilities to respond to a potential bioattack using anthrax.

  5. Nate Appleman:

    I’ve been beating the drum for five years, it was one of the first things I worked on.

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