Drum

Definition of Drum

n.1.(Mus.) An instrument of percussion, consisting either of a hollow cylinder, over each end of which is stretched a piece of skin or vellum, to be beaten with a stick; or of a metallic hemisphere (kettledrum) with a single piece of skin to be so beaten; the common instrument for marking time in martial music; one of the pair of tympani in an orchestra, or cavalry band.
The drums cry bud-a-dub.
- Gascoigne.
2.(Anat.) Anything resembling a drum in form
3.(Zool.) See Drumfish.
4.A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a private house; a rout.
Not unaptly styled a drum, from the noise and emptiness of the entertainment.
- Smollett.
5.A tea party; a kettledrum.
Bass drum
See in the Vocabulary.
Double drum
See under Double.
v. i.1.To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum.
[imp. & p. p. Drummed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Drumming.]
2.To beat with the fingers, as with drumsticks; to beat with a rapid succession of strokes; to make a noise like that of a beaten drum; as, the ruffed grouse drums with his wings.
Drumming with his fingers on the arm of his chair.
- W. Irving.
3.To throb, as the heart.
4.To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; - with for.
v. t.1.To execute on a drum, as a tune.
2.With out) To expel ignominiously, with beat of drum; as, to drum out a deserter or rogue from a camp, etc.
3.With up) To assemble by, or as by, beat of drum; to collect; to gather or draw by solicitation; as, to drum up recruits; to drum up customers.

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