[ druhm-hed ]

  1. the membrane stretched upon a drum.

  2. the top part of a capstan.

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

Origin of drumhead

First recorded in 1615–25; drum1 + head

Words Nearby drumhead

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How to use drumhead in a sentence

  • A drumhead court-martial sentenced the young Virginian to receive one hundred lashes on the bare back.

  • In the back of his head there formed a little picture—a drumhead court-martial, a provost guard, a tree and a rope.

    The Long Roll | Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for drumhead


/ (ˈdrʌmˌhɛd) /

  1. music the part of a drum that is actually struck with a stick or the hand

  2. the head of a capstan, pierced with holes for the capstan bars

  1. another name for eardrum

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