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.
Origin of drum1
Related formsun·der·drum·ming, noun
Examples from the Web for drummed
Reinke lost his pulpit and was drummed out of the conservative Missouri Synod of the Lutheran denomination.
He drummed on the ledger with his fingerless hand adding: “I pay him very badly, but he thinks it a good bargain.”Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“And that narrative line was drummed into the heads of the voters,” says Galston.Shutdown Aversion: Republicans May Have Just Lost the House|Eleanor Clift|October 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Nonetheless, FDR drummed up just enough support in the summer of 1940 to institute the first peacetime draft in American history.
Drummed out of the service, Gressly moved back to Butler, where he soon became homeless.From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals|Matthew Wolfe|July 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The millionaire sitting in the window frowned a little and drummed with his fingers on the arm of the chair.Aunt Jane|Jennette Lee
I saw them plain, and they had grey eyes, and their screens upon their heads were of the Drummed colours.Catriona|Robert Louis Stevenson
Jack drummed with his fingers on the arm of his chair, and said nothing for some minutes.Phaeton Rogers|Rossiter Johnson
We also hung up a medicine bag before him in the wigwam, and he drummed.By Canoe and Dog-Train|Egerton Ryerson Young
Because youve had it so drummed 114 into you that you can never, never again do anything natural.Iole|Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for drummed (1 of 2)
- 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