the membrane stretched upon a drum.
the top part of a capstan.


characteristic of a drumhead court-martial; carried out in summary fashion: a drumhead execution.

Nearby words

  1. drumbeat,
  2. drumbeater,
  3. drumette,
  4. drumfire,
  5. drumfish,
  6. drumhead court-martial,
  7. drumhead service,
  8. drumlin,
  9. drumly,
  10. drummer

Origin of drumhead

First recorded in 1615–25; drum1 + head

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British Dictionary definitions for drumhead



music the part of a drum that is actually struck with a stick or the hand
the head of a capstan, pierced with holes for the capstan bars
another name for eardrum
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