[druhm-fahyuh r]


gunfire so heavy and continuous as to sound like the beating of drums.

Origin of drumfire

First recorded in 1915–20; drum1 + fire
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Examples from the Web for drumfire

Historical Examples of drumfire

  • 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.

  • 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
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