- 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.
- (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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM drumun·der·drum·ming, noun
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How to use drum in a sentence
It also would have enhanced the sounds of drums or other musical instruments, Cox says.Stonehenge enhanced voices and music within the stone ring|Bruce Bower|September 29, 2020|Science News For Students
All that to be said, I think the drum we advertisers need to be beating isn’t primarily “who owns the data”, though certainly let’s get that determined.This decade’s most important marketing question: What data rights do advertisers possess?|Kirk Williams|September 17, 2020|Search Engine Land
Clicking on different objects, like the clock and the piano, prompts the user to adjust different tracks, like the drum line and melody.Create your own moody quarantine music with Google’s AI|Karen Hao|September 4, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Authorities are trying to figure out what to do about a drum circle in Ocean Beach.Morning Report: Rural Districts Still Scrambling to Prepare for Online Learning|Voice of San Diego|August 12, 2020|Voice of San Diego
As our lives pass day by day, the beating drums of the weekly routine take over and years pass until we reach our goal of retirement.The Global Work Crisis: Automation, the Case Against Jobs, and What to Do About It|Peter Xing|August 6, 2020|Singularity Hub
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|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One man, straddling a large drum, keeps time as their voices rise in song: “Believe it, people, Ebola can kill.”
They marched through the streets of downtown New York to the synchronized beats of the Continental drum corps that followed.
It sounds familiar—right down to the media drum beat to lower physician pay.Will US Health Care Follow in China’s Bloody Footsteps?|Daniela Drake|September 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And much of his most inspired playing, in his final years, came in the context of sax-drum duets.
Roulard had played the trumpet in the regimental band in which Aristide had played the kettle drum.
There a familiar sound met his ears—the roll of a drum followed by an incantation in a quavering, high-pitched voice.
"I wonder if 'twas a brass drum, such as has 'Eblubust Unum' printed on't," said Mrs. Slocum.
His arm was drawn around the drum, and finally his whole body was drawn over the shaft, at a fearful rate.
I think 6½ feet diameter for the fly, and 9½ inches diameter for the small wheel, will give speed enough to the drum.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
British Dictionary definitions for drum (1 of 2)
- 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