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 Words for drummedstrum, roar, thunder, throb, rap, pulsate, reverberate, boom, tattoo, thrum
Examples from the Web for drummed
Contemporary Examples of drummed
Reinke lost his pulpit and was drummed out of the conservative Missouri Synod of the Lutheran denomination.The Pastor Who Scandalized His Town
October 8, 2014
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
“And that narrative line was drummed into the heads of the voters,” says Galston.Shutdown Aversion: Republicans May Have Just Lost the House
October 7, 2013
Nonetheless, FDR drummed up just enough support in the summer of 1940 to institute the first peacetime draft in American history.When America Said No to War
September 10, 2013
Drummed out of the service, Gressly moved back to Butler, where he soon became homeless.From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals
July 28, 2013
Historical Examples of drummed
Members that never attended were drummed up to vote against the bill.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
You deserve to be drummed out of the town for a minister's son that you are!Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Mrs. Trent drummed with her fingers on the table and looked thoughtful.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
He hesitated and drummed with his fingers on the thick creamy pages.The Education of Eric Lane
Why, she's drummed away at that polka for six months and she can't get her grip on it yet.The Universal Reciter
- 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
verb drums, drumming or drummed
Word Origin for drum
Word Origin for drum
1540s, probably from Middle Dutch tromme "drum," common Germanic (cf. German Trommel, Danish tromme, Swedish trumma), probably of imitative origin. Not common before 1570s. Slightly older, and more common at first, was drumslade, apparently from Dutch or Low German trommelslag. Machinery sense attested from 1740, from similarity of shape.
1570s, from drum (n.). To drum (up) business, etc., is American English 1839, from the old way of drawing a crowd.