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Noun: drum  drúm
  1. A musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
    - membranophone, tympan
     
  2. The sound of a drum
    "he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"
     
  3. A bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends
    - barrel
     
  4. A cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids
    - metal drum
     
  5. A hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes
    - brake drum
     
  6. Small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise
    - drumfish
Verb: drum (drummed,drumming)  drúm
  1. Make a rhythmic sound
    "Rain drummed against the windscreen"; "He drummed his fingers on the table";
    - beat, thrum
     
  2. (music) play a percussion instrument
     
  3. Study intensively, as before an exam
    - cram, grind away, bone up, swot [Brit], get up, mug up [Brit], swot up [Brit], bone, revise [Brit]

Derived forms: drums, drummed, drumming

Type of: cylinder, go, hit the books, percussion instrument, percussive instrument, play, sciaenid, sciaenid fish, sound, study, vessel

Part of: drum brake

Encyclopedia: Drum, Mariposa County, California