Definitions for: Drum

[n] small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise
[n] a hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes
[n] a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretch across each end
[n] a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids
[n] the sound of a drum; "he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"
[n] a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends
[v] study intensively, as before an exam; "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam"
[v] play the drums
[v] make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"

Webster (1913) Definition: Drum, n. [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. (Mus.) 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.

The drums cry bud-a-dub. --Gascoigne.

2. Anything resembling a drum in form; as:
(a) 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,
(b) A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are
(c) (Anat.) The tympanum of the ear; -- often, but
incorrectly, applied to the tympanic membrane.
(d) (Arch.) 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.
(e) (Mach.) 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.

3. (Zo["o]l.) See Drumfish.

4. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a
private house; a rout. [Archaic]

Not unaptly styled a drum, from the noise and
emptiness of the entertainment. --Smollett.

Note: There were also drum major, rout, tempest, and
hurricane, differing only in degrees of multitude and
uproar, as the significant name of each declares.

5. A tea party; a kettledrum. --G. Eliot.

Bass drum. See in the Vocabulary.

Double drum. See under Double.

Drum, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Drummed; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a

2. 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

Drumming with his fingers on the arm of his chair.
--W. Irving.

3. To throb, as the heart. [R.] --Dryden.

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

Drum, v. t.
1. To execute on a drum, as a tune.

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

3. (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.

Synonyms: barrel, beat, bone, bone up, brake drum, cram, drumfish, get up, grind away, membranophone, metal drum, mug up, swot, swot up, thrum, tympan

See Also: Bairdiella chrysoura, bass drum, bongo, bongo drum, channel bass, cylinder, cylinder, drum brake, drum brakes, drumhead, Equetus lanceolatus, Equetus pulcher, go, gran casa, head, hit the books, jackknife-fish, mademoiselle, percussion instrument, percussive instrument, play, red drum, redfish, sciaenid, sciaenid fish, Sciaenops ocellatus, side drum, silver perch, snare, snare drum, sound, sound, striped drum, study, tabor, tabour, tambour, tambourine, tenor drum, timbrel, tomtom, vessel

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