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Meaning & Definition of Drum in English

English

Drum

/drəm/

noun

1. A musical percussion instrument

  • Usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
    synonym:
  • drum
  • ,
  • membranophone
  • ,
  • tympan

2. The sound of a drum

  • "He could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"
    synonym:
  • drum

3. A bulging cylindrical shape

  • Hollow with flat ends
    synonym:
  • barrel
  • ,
  • drum

4. A cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids

    synonym:
  • drum
  • ,
  • metal drum

5. A hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes

    synonym:
  • brake drum
  • ,
  • drum

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

    synonym:
  • drum
  • ,
  • drumfish

verb

1. Make a rhythmic sound

  • "Rain drummed against the windshield"
  • "The drums beat all night"
    synonym:
  • drum
  • ,
  • beat
  • ,
  • thrum

2. Play a percussion instrument

    synonym:
  • drum

3. Study intensively, as before an exam

  • "I had to bone up on my latin verbs before the final exam"
    synonym:
  • cram
  • ,
  • grind away
  • ,
  • drum
  • ,
  • bone up
  • ,
  • swot
  • ,
  • get up
  • ,
  • mug up
  • ,
  • swot up
  • ,
  • bone

Examples of using

Saule, give the drum.
Saule, give me the drum.
She can play the drum.