[ druhm-fahyuhr ]
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  1. gunfire so heavy and continuous as to sound like the beating of drums.

Origin of drumfire

First recorded in 1915–20; drum1 + fire

Words Nearby drumfire

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How to use drumfire in a sentence

  • With thunderous drumfire from its exhausts, the cutter jerked forward so rapidly that it almost threw them from their feet again.

    The Door into Infinity | Edmond Hamilton
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for drumfire


/ (ˈdrʌmˌfaɪə) /

  1. heavy, rapid, and continuous gunfire, the sound of which resembles rapid drumbeats

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