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"


  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.

  2. drum(Noun)

    Any similar hollow, cylindrical object.

  3. drum(Noun)

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

    The restaurant ordered ketchup in 50-gallon drums.

  4. drum(Noun)

    A social gathering or assembly held in the evening.

  5. drum(Noun)

    The encircling wall that supports a dome or cupola

  6. drum(Noun)

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

  7. drum(Noun)

    A drumfish.

  8. drum(Verb)

    (music) To beat a drum.

  9. drum(Verb)

    To knock successively and playfully.

    Drumming oneu2019s fingers on a table is often an expression of impatience or annoyance.

  10. drum(Verb)

    To drill or review in an attempt to establish memorization.

    Heu2019s still trying to drum Spanish verb conjugations into my head.

  11. Origin: 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

  2. Drum(noun)

    anything resembling a drum in form

  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

  4. Drum(noun)

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

  5. Drum(noun)

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

  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

  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

  8. Drum(noun)

    see Drumfish

  9. Drum(noun)

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

  10. Drum(noun)

    a tea party; a kettledrum

  11. Drum(verb)

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

  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

  13. Drum(verb)

    to throb, as the heart

  14. Drum(verb)

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

  15. Drum(verb)

    to execute on a drum, as a tune

  16. Drum(verb)

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

  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

  18. 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.]


  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. drum

    A type of musical instrument created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles used 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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Omar Khayyám:

    Oh, the brave Music of a distant drum!

  2. Ed Husic:

    If it drags on, I think the drum beat for that type of action will grow.

  3. P. G. Wodehouse:

    “As a sleuth you are poor. You couldn’t detect a bass-drum in a telephone-booth.”

  4. Nate Appleman:

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

  5. Prince Phillip:

    Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf. (to a group of deaf children standing next to a Jamaican steel drum band in Wales)

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