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Drum meaning

drum - 19 dictionary results

  1. 1. play a percussion instrument
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Anything resembling a drum in form
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are packed.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. See Drumfish.
  8. 8. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a private house; a rout.
  9. 9. A tea party; a kettledrum.
  10. 10. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. To throb, as the heart.
  13. 13. To execute on a drum, as a tune.
  14. 14. ( With out) To expel ignominiously, with beat of drum; as, to drum out a deserter or rogue from a camp, etc.
  15. 15. ( 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.
  16. 16. The tympanum of the ear; - often, but incorrectly, applied to the tympanic membrane.
  17. 17. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; - with for.
  18. 18. Musical instrument of percussion; tympanum of the ear; revolving cylinder.
  19. 19. To beat a drunm.

drum - examples of usage

  1. But while Johnson was still communicating his intelligence, it was confirmed by the sound of a drum in the rear; and soon after by the arrival of Major Conyers and Capt. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
  2. She called out, and there was a tone in her voice that roused the sleeping maidens as a war drum roused their fathers. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
  3. And if Farmer Brown's boy did guess that, why- why- anyway, on the other side of the tree there was a better place to drum. - "The Adventures of Reddy Fox", Thornton W. Burgess.
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