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.
- drum and bugle corps,
- drum brake,
- drum corps,
- drum into someone's head,
- drum kit
Origin of drum1
noun Scot., Irish English.
Origin of drum2
Examples from the Web for 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|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They marched through the streets of downtown New York to the synchronized beats of the Continental drum corps that followed.
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.|David Masciotra|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was distraught and sad walking through a park on Long Island when she joined a drum circle on a whim.
At the turn of the century, zoos displaying so-called primitive cultures were used to drum up public support for colonialism.
The irruption of this motley crew with beat of drum, according to ancient custom, was the consummation of uproar and merriment.The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.|Washington Irving
In operation, a coating of coffee liquor is applied automatically, by means of a special device, to the outside of the drum.All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
He beats his drum and sings, while a woman within repeats the chant in a shrill voice.Omens and Superstitions of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
This created enigmas which exercised the imaginations of the big girls, such as: Ah, how delightful is the drum!Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
The drum stick of a roast chicken or turkey is greatly improved by removing the tendons.Public School Domestic Science|Mrs. J. Hoodless
- 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.