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Definition of Drum

Drum

  1. 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.
  2. Anything resembling a drum in form
  3. A sheet iron radiator, often in the shape of a drum, for warming an apartment by means of heat received from a stovepipe, or a cylindrical receiver for steam, etc.
  4. A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are packed.
  5. The tympanum of the ear; -- often, but incorrectly, applied to the tympanic membrane.
  6. One of the cylindrical, or nearly cylindrical, blocks, of which the shaft of a column is composed; also, a vertical wall, whether circular or polygonal in plan, carrying a cupola or dome.
  7. A cylinder on a revolving shaft, generally for the purpose of driving several pulleys, by means of belts or straps passing around its periphery; also, the barrel of a hoisting machine, on which the rope or chain is wound.
  8. See Drumfish.
  9. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a private house; a rout.
  10. A tea party; a kettledrum.
  11. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum.
  12. 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.
  13. To throb, as the heart.
  14. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; -- with for.
  15. To execute on a drum, as a tune.
  16. (With out) To expel ignominiously, with beat of drum; as, to drum out a deserter or rogue from a camp, etc.
  17. (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.

Drum Quotations

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Don't quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can't see it. Listen to your drum and your drum only. It's the one that makes the sweetest sound.
Simon Sinek

We call ourselves a free nation, and yet we let ourselves be told what cabs we can and can't take by a man at a hotel door, simply because he has a drum major's uniform on.
Robert Benchley

I've never been one to think it was cheating to sample this or to loop the drum part there - I've always done that. Even using four-track cassette recorders, I was always doing whatever I could to make it as good as I could.
James Mercer

Not everybody likes or understands a drum solo, so I like to bring in effects and sounds to keep their interest.
John Bonham
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Drum Translations

drum in Afrikaans is trommel
drum in Dutch is bus, trom, rol, trommel
drum in Finnish is rumpu
drum in French is tambour
drum in German is Trommel
drum in Italian is tamburo
drum in Norwegian is tromme
drum in Portuguese is cilindro
drum in Spanish is tambor
drum in Swedish is trumma
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