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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

But, I don't think any arranger should ever write a drum part for a drummer because if a drummer can't create his own Interpretation of the chart and he plays everything that's written, he becomes mechanical; he has no freedom.
Buddy Rich

To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery, my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.
Charles Baudelaire

For better or worse, I've always tried to march to my own drum and tell it like it is, while preserving some integrity and style. God, I'm fabulous!
Michael Musto

I have a drum set in my dressing room. I play drums to relax and have some fun.
Queen Latifah
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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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