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Meaning of 'drum' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Drum [ n.]
- 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.
- Anything resembling a drum in form
- 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.
- A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are packed.
- The tympanum of the ear; -- often, but incorrectly, applied to the tympanic membrane.
- 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.
- 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.
- See Drumfish.
- A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a private house; a rout.
- A tea party; a kettledrum.
2 . Drum [ v. i.]
- To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum.
- 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.
- To throb, as the heart.
- To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; -- with for.
3 . Drum [ v. t.]
- To execute on a drum, as a tune.
- (With out) To expel ignominiously, with beat of drum; as, to drum out a deserter or rogue from a camp, etc.
- (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.

Meaning of 'drum' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . drum [ n]
Meaning (1):
- the sound of a drum
Example in sentence:
  • he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes
2 . drum [ v]
Meaning (2):
- study intensively, as before an exam
Example in sentence:
  • I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam
Meaning (3):
- make a rhythmic sound
Example in sentence:
  • Rain drummed against the windshield;
  • The drums beat all night