- drumdrum1 or drumfish [drum′fish΄drum]n.[< Du trom, akin to MLowG trumme, drum, OHG trumba, of echoic orig.]1.a) a percussion instrument consisting of a hollow cylinder or hemisphere with a membrane stretched tightly over the end or ends, played by beating with the hands, sticks, etc.b) [pl.] a set of drums and cymbals played by one person in a jazz, rock, or dance band2. the sound produced by beating a drum, or any sound like this3. any of various drumlike cylindrical objects; specif.,a) a metal spool or cylinder around which cable, etc. is wound in a machineb) a barrel-like metal container for oil, etc.c) any of the cylindrical blocks making up the shaft of a stone columnd) the circular or polygonal wall supporting a dome☆ 4. any of a family (Sciaenidae) of marine and freshwater percoid fishes that make a drumming sound5. Anat.a) MIDDLE EARb) TYMPANIC MEMBRANEvi.drummed, drumming1. to beat a drum2. to beat or tap continually or rhythmically, as with the fingers☆ 3. to make a loud, reverberating sound by quivering the wings: said of the ruffed grouse, etc.vt.1. to play (a tune, rhythm, etc.) on or as on a drum2. to beat or tap continually3. to assemble by beating a drum4. to instill (ideas, facts, etc.) into by continued repetition——————☆ beat the drum forInformal to seek to arouse interest in or enthusiasm for——————drum out of1. Historical to expel from (the army) with drums beating2. to expel from in disgrace——————drum up1. to summon by or as by beating a drum2. to get (business, etc.) by soliciting——————on drumsplaying drums: see DRUM1 (n. 1b)drum2 [drum]n.[see DRUMLIN] [Scot. or Irish] Scot. Irish1. a narrow hill or ridge2. DRUMLIN
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.