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[druhm-fahyuh r] /ˈdrʌmˌfaɪər/
gunfire so heavy and continuous as to sound like the beating of drums.
Origin of drumfire
First recorded in 1915-20; drum1 + fire Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A lot of the men say the drumfire is the worst, and a lot of them can't get over the sight of the first man they saw killed.

    Men in War Andreas Latzko
  • So Billy sighed in the darkness and sat easily on drumfire, his slim left hand fidgeting with the swinging rein.

    Tharon of Lost Valley Vingie E. Roe
  • I remember the noise of our guns as all our batteries took their parts in a vast orchestra of drumfire.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • Not far from us was going on a drumfire which at times reached an unprecedented intensity.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • That night even the German guns stopped their drumfire, as though Sixt von Arnim's army was in mourning for its dead.

British Dictionary definitions for drumfire


heavy, rapid, and continuous gunfire, the sound of which resembles rapid drumbeats
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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