noun, plural drums, (especially collectively for 11) drum.
- any of several cylindrical or nearly cylindrical stones laid one above the other to form a column or pier.
- a cylindrical or faceted construction supporting a dome.
verb (used without object), drummed, drum·ming.
verb (used with object), drummed, drum·ming.
- (formerly) to expel or dismiss from a military service in disgrace to the beat of a drum.
- to dismiss in disgrace: He was drummed out of the university for his gambling activities.
- to call or summon by, or as if by, beating a drum.
- to obtain or create (customers, trade, interest, etc.) through vigorous effort: They were unable to drum up enthusiasm for the new policies.
- to concoct; devise: to drum up new methods of dealing with urban crime.
Origin of drum1
noun Scot., Irish English.
Origin of drum2
Examples from the Web for drum
Contemporary Examples of drum
Even his signature instrument, Auto-Tune, has become as accepted an ingredient in hip-hop as the drum machine.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists
December 15, 2014
They marched through the streets of downtown New York to the synchronized beats of the Continental drum corps that followed.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
October 8, 2014
He ran like he was barreling down the stairs and he struggled to climb the 15-foot-tall drum riser.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.
September 10, 2014
She was distraught and sad walking through a park on Long Island when she joined a drum circle on a whim.Drums Aren’t Just for Music: They’re Therapy, Too
July 21, 2014
At the turn of the century, zoos displaying so-called primitive cultures were used to drum up public support for colonialism.Norway’s Controversial Human Zoo Is Back
May 19, 2014
Historical Examples of drum
The line extends from the drum to the flying or gliding machine.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
It was the sharp peremptory note of the drum beating the alarm.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
It consists of a tympanum or drum, having a stylus attached as in the phonograph.Heroes of the Telegraph
The drum's was the only voice in Saint Antoine that blood and hurry had not changed.A Tale of Two Cities
He was born at Groton on May 8, 1789, and began to drum in early boyhood.
- one of a number of cylindrical blocks of stone used to construct the shaft of a column
- the wall or structure supporting a dome or cupola
verb drums, drumming or drummed
Word Origin for drum
Word Origin for drum
1540s, probably from Middle Dutch tromme "drum," common Germanic (cf. German Trommel, Danish tromme, Swedish trumma), probably of imitative origin. Not common before 1570s. Slightly older, and more common at first, was drumslade, apparently from Dutch or Low German trommelslag. Machinery sense attested from 1740, from similarity of shape.
1570s, from drum (n.). To drum (up) business, etc., is American English 1839, from the old way of drawing a crowd.