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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
drum 'n' bass
drum kit
drum machine
drum major
drum majorette
drum roll
▪ a drum roll
drum up/rally support (=get people’s support by making an effort)
▪ Both sides have been drumming up support through the internet.
litre bottle/drum/container etc
▪ a litre bottle of wine
snare drum
steel drum
▪ Literally everything in the room starts vibrating to the beat of the bass drum.
▪ Something almost mystically, er, right, about guitar, bass and drums and nothing else.
▪ Guitar, bass, drums and vocals.
▪ The bass drum beats and the parade sets off as one to march twice past the Inspecting Officer.
▪ My heart was doing its usual bass drum act as we drew in.
▪ And perhaps the drum beat had been the noise which had excited Scathach.
▪ Again the drum beat, the great axe swirling in the sunlight.
▪ There was the slight sound, a light and muffled drum beat.
▪ The Christmas period is highly charged, perhaps because you sense the drum beat of change in 1993.
▪ At the song's end, he casually tosses his guitar over his shoulder and into the drum kit.
▪ Recently, Shields' college buddy Dave Harrison stepped in behind the drum kit to complete the lineup.
▪ A multi-million pound industry in its own right, it cost 3 guitars and a drum kit to commence business.
▪ The equipment used is much the same; the same drum machines as then.
▪ Unplug the drum machine and do us all a favour.
▪ T: It sounds like he only knows one programme on the drum machine.
▪ Fanshawe uses his as drum machine, confessor weight-training apparatus.
▪ We strap on the goggles and headphones which are wired up to what looks like a drum machine.
▪ Keyboards, drum machines and mikes filled most of the available space.
▪ They go about this by jumping up and down a lot and cranking the drum machine up to unfeasible volumes.
▪ I never replace a drummer with a drum machine straight away, unless it's absolutely necessary.
▪ An oil drum was kicked away, rolling and crashing into the wall beside her.
▪ She can transform oil drums, exhaust pipes and car wheels into fine musical instruments.
▪ There was a field just behind it containing red and white poles and some painted oil drums.
▪ The body is floating in an oil drum in Dumbfoundling Bay, legs sawed off.
▪ They tipped the contents of one oil drum into the car and threw in a burning rag.
▪ His dock was strewn with beer cans, oil drums, fishing nets.
▪ The instruments are made of old oil drums, and after months of practice, they've given their first concert.
▪ The piste, marked by oil drums, was completely out of sight, over a mile away to the north.
▪ I mean, during the verse of Symphony the kick drum pattern and bass line are totally locked.
▪ Program the drum pattern for practising this transcription and if you have a sequencer, program the chords as well.
▪ And then, with a final drum roll, it was all over.
▪ Mickey Dolenz, part of the 1960s band the Monkees, will lead the drum roll.
▪ Next came a drum roll, followed by a wave and a thumbs-up sign from the newly-weds.
▪ The pre-recorded drum roll sounds and the sequined curtain flies up.
▪ One boy, a child, begins a steady drum roll.
▪ Starting lineup for the two-time defending world champion Houston Rockets recently has been, drum roll, please....
▪ Nothing obscures the outlines of an orchestral passage more than a drum roll on an unrelated note.
▪ He didn't understand that it was in four and that the snare drum was on beats two and four.
▪ The Shumens will be taking two snare drums.
▪ The electronic click startled him, as if it were the beat of a snare drum.
▪ A row of corroded steel drums caught her eye but she quickly discounted them.
▪ Recruiters banged at their drums, yet crowds of young men filled the streets, unmoved and unresponsive.
▪ During the day I sit banging my drum and watching good actors singing my words.
▪ Since then, excited activists have been roaming the streets, banging drums and chanting.
▪ They are reinforced by beaters on foot banging drums and gongs.
▪ They were all empty, but rows of Moi females were seated along the other walls, banging the gongs and drums.
▪ Now, when Tallis listened hard, she could hear a drum being beaten as a warning.
▪ Either she could hear jungle drums or the beating of her own heart.
▪ We were quite near home when I heard a noise of drums from a side-street.
▪ My heart started playing drums again.
▪ In high school, he also learned to play the drums, piano and cornet.
▪ Ringo Starr played drums in the two-song encore.
▪ He was like the band conductor who never wanted to play the drums again.
▪ Joe Donald played the drums and William and Nellie Addison who were brother and sister played violin and piano.
▪ Cesia Gurrola plays piano and drums and wants to be a lifeguard or teacher.
▪ He plays the drums, and races at high speed over the hills on a mountain bike.
▪ Charming, enigmatic Paul Elia balances melody and rhythm, singing as well as playing drums.
▪ a 50-gallon drum of paint thinner
▪ a snare drum
▪ The rear brake drums on the car need replacing.
▪ An oil drum was kicked away, rolling and crashing into the wall beside her.
▪ Faster and faster spun the wheels of light, and the throbbing of the drums accelerated with them.
▪ I rotated the nails so that a cheese paring of wax was scoured from the surface of the drum.
▪ One beat on an hourglass-shaped drum, while the other clashed large cymbals.
▪ Place on the cake drum next to the paintbox.
▪ The cap is retained in the unit and used to reseal the drum.
▪ The equipment used is much the same; the same drum machines as then.
▪ Instead of blaming one partner we should drum home the essential message that parents have equal responsibilities.
▪ To help them identify the danger signs an information booklet will be made available and press ads will drum home the message.
▪ Rufus Reid on bass and Lewis again on drums.
▪ Brandon Ross, electric guitar, and Toby Williams on drums.
▪ You normally get drummed out if you disgrace yourself.
▪ She used to be an Ugly Sister, but got drummed out for over-enthusiasm.
▪ He hopes to drum up the support of sympathetic congressmen who blame the law for high fares.
▪ It should also drum up more work for a profession that has been badly hit by the recession.
▪ They bought a truck and proceeded to drum up business.
▪ Cheltenham &038; Gloucester and the Yorkshire are taking the discount route to drum up business.
▪ In both instances, the Sacred Heart staff failed to drum up behind-the-scenes support before their appeals.
▪ All the shopkeepers there have chipped in and hired a promo agency to drum up Christmas trade.
▪ Cheltenham &038; Gloucester and the Yorkshire are taking the discount route to drum up business.
▪ They bought a truck and proceeded to drum up business.
▪ Now Argyll plans to drum up more business with in-store dry cleaners and post offices.
▪ Instead of blaming one partner we should drum home the essential message that parents have equal responsibilities.
▪ To help them identify the danger signs an information booklet will be made available and press ads will drum home the message.
▪ They could hear the rain drumming against the windows.
▪ The rain that drummed on the phone-box roof.
▪ For a while we sat listening to the rain drumming on the roof.
▪ He hopes to drum up the support of sympathetic congressmen who blame the law for high fares.
▪ Both sides have been drumming up support through the internet and the mosques.
▪ The lobbyists' job was to drum up support among rank-and-file lawmakers-a majority of whom had just voted for it.
▪ There are only certain ways, it seems, you can drum up support.
▪ Rain drummed on the windows.
▪ He drums his fingers on the chairback as he passes.
▪ He could hear her drumming the desktop with her fingers, waiting for him to put the cover on the typewriter.
▪ He hopes to drum up the support of sympathetic congressmen who blame the law for high fares.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Croaker \Croak"er\ (-?r), n.

  1. One who croaks, murmurs, grumbles, or complains unreasonably; one who habitually forebodes evil.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small American fish ( Micropogon undulatus), of the Atlantic coast. (a) An American fresh-water fish ( Aplodinotus grunniens); -- called also drum. (c) The surf fish of California.

    Note: When caught these fishes make a croaking sound; whence the name, which is often corrupted into crocus.


Vase \Vase\ (v[=a]s or v[aum]z; 277), n. [F. vase; cf. Sp. & It. vaso; fr. L. vas, vasum. Cf. Vascular, Vessel.]

  1. A vessel adapted for various domestic purposes, and anciently for sacrificial uses; especially, a vessel of antique or elegant pattern used for ornament; as, a porcelain vase; a gold vase; a Grecian vase. See Illust. of Portland vase, under Portland.

    No chargers then were wrought in burnished gold, Nor silver vases took the forming mold.

  2. (Arch.)

    1. A vessel similar to that described in the first definition above, or the representation of one in a solid block of stone, or the like, used for an ornament, as on a terrace or in a garden. See Illust. of Niche.

    2. The body, or naked ground, of the Corinthian and Composite capital; -- called also tambour, and drum.

      Note: Until the time of Walker (1791), vase was made to rhyme with base,, case, etc., and it is still commonly so pronounced in the United States. Walker made it to rhyme with phrase, maze, etc. Of modern English practice, Mr. A. J. Ellis (1874) says: ``Vase has four pronunciations in English: v[add]z, which I most commonly say, is going out of use, v["a]z I hear most frequently, v[=a]z very rarely, and v[=a]s I only know from Cull's marking. On the analogy of case, however, it should be the regular sound.'' One wit has noted that "a v[aum]z is a v[=a]z that costs more than $100."
      --?, suggesting that the latter is considered a higher-class pronunciation.

  3. (Bot.) The calyx of a plant.


Swag \Swag\, n.

  1. A swaying, irregular motion.

  2. A burglar's or thief's booty; boodle. [Cant or Slang]
    --Charles Reade.

  3. [Australia]

    1. A tramping bushman's luggage, rolled up either in canvas or in a blanket so as to form a long bundle, and carried on the back or over the shoulder; -- called also a bluey, or a drum.

    2. Any bundle of luggage similarly rolled up; hence, luggage in general.

      He tramped for years till the swag he bore seemed part of himself.


Sciaenoid \Sci*[ae]"noid\, a. [L. sci[ae]na a kind of fish (fr. Gr. ?) + -oid.] (Zo["o]l.) Of or pertaining to the Sci[ae]nid[ae], a family of carnivorous marine fishes which includes the meagre ( Sciaena umbra or Sciaena aquila), and fish of the drum and croaker families. The croaker is so called because it may make a croaking noise by use of its bladder; the Atlantic croaker ( Micropogonias undulatus, formerly Micropogon undulatus) and the squeteague are a members of the croaker family, and the kingfish is a drum.


Drumfish \Drum"fish`\, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any fish of the family Sci[ae]nid[ae], which makes a loud noise by means of its air bladder; -- called also drum.

Note: The common drumfish ( Pogonias chromis) is a large species, common south of New Jersey. The southern red drum or red horse ( Sci[ae]na ocellata), and the fresh-water drum or croaker ( Aplodionotus grunniens), are related species.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, probably from Middle Dutch tromme "drum," common Germanic (compare German Trommel, Danish tromme, Swedish trumma), probably of imitative origin. Not common before 1570s. Slightly older, and more common at first, was drumslade, apparently from Dutch or Low German trommelslag. Machinery sense attested from 1740, from similarity of shape.


1570s, from drum (n.). To drum (up) business, etc., is American English 1839, from the old way of drawing a crowd.


n. 1 A percussive musical instrument spanned with a thin covering on at least one end for strike, forming an acoustic chamber, affecting what materials are used to make it. 2 Any similar hollow, cylindrical object. 3 In particular, a barrel or large cylindrical container for liquid transport and storage. 4 (context obsolete or historical English) A social gathering or assembly held in the evening. 5 (context architecture English) The encircling wall that supports a dome or cupola 6 (context architecture English) Any of the cylindrical blocks that make up the shaft of a pillar 7 A drumfish. 8 (context slang UK English) A person's home. 9 (context AU slang English) A tip, a piece of information. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To beat a drum. 2 (context ambitransitive English) To beat with a rapid succession of strokes. 3 (context transitive English) To drill or review in an attempt to establish memorization. 4 To throb, as the heart. 5 To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc.; used with ''for''.

  1. v. make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night" [syn: beat, thrum]

  2. play a percussion instrument

  3. study intensively, as before an exam; "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam" [syn: cram, grind away, bone up, swot, get up, mug up, swot up, bone]

  4. [also: drumming, drummed]

  1. n. a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretch across each end [syn: 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 [syn: barrel]

  4. a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids [syn: metal drum]

  5. a hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes [syn: brake drum]

  6. small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise [syn: drumfish]

  7. [also: drumming, drummed]

Drum (container)

A drum is a cylindrical container used for shipping bulk cargo. Drums can be made of steel, dense paperboard (commonly called a fiber drum), or plastics, and are generally used for the transportation and storage of liquids and powders. Drums are often certified for shipment of dangerous goods. Shipped goods must be matched with the make of drum necessary to comply with applicable regulations. Drums are also called barrels in common usage.


The drum is a member of the percussion group of musical instruments. In the Hornbostel-Sachs classification system, it is a membranophone. Drums consist of at least one membrane, called a drumhead or drum skin, that is stretched over a shell and struck, either directly with the player's hands, or with a drum stick, to produce sound. There is usually a resonance head on the underside of the drum, typically tuned to a slightly lower pitch than the top drumhead. Other techniques have been used to cause drums to make sound, such as the thumb roll. Drums are the world's oldest and most ubiquitous musical instruments, and the basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years.

Drums may be played individually, with the player using a single drum, and some drums such as the djembe are almost always played in this way. Others are normally played in a set of two or more, all played by the one player, such as bongo drums and timpani. A number of different drums together with cymbals form the basic modern drum kit.

Drum (disambiguation)

A drum is a musical instrument.

Drum or drums may also refer to:

  • Drum (communication), a communication device
    • Talking drum
  • Drum (container), a type of cylindrical container
  • Drum (fish), any of several fish in the family Sciaenidae
  • Drum brake, an automotive braking system
  • Drum GAC, a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Drum, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • Drum kit (or drum set or trap set), a collection of drums, cymbals, and potentially other percussion instruments
  • Drum magazine, a cylindrical container for ammunition
  • Drum memory, an early form of computer memory used in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Drum or tholobate, in architecture, the lower part of a dome or cupola in the shape of a cylinder or prism
  • Electronic drum, in which sound is generated by an electronic waveform generator or sampler instead of by acoustic vibration
  • Drum, the photoreceptor in a laser printer
  • Drum (tobacco), a brand of tobacco, owned by parent company Imperial Tobacco
  • Drum (yacht), a yacht
Drum (1976 film)

Drum is a 1976 American film based on the Kyle Onstott novel of the same name. It was released by United Artists and is a sequel to the film Mandingo, released in 1975. The film stars Warren Oates, Pam Grier, Ken Norton, and was directed by Steve Carver.

Drum (tobacco)

Drum is a brand of fine-cut handrolling tobacco, or shag. It was originally produced and distributed by the Dutch Douwe Egberts corporation. Douwe Egberts was purchased by the Sara Lee Corporation, which sold Drum to Imperial Tobacco, the current British producer. After Douwe Egberts discontinued Drum in the USA, Republic Tobacco of Glenview, Illinois, began making its own version of Drum for distribution in the United States, usually sold accompanied by a package of JOB rolling papers. Both versions are considered halfzware (Dutch for "half-strength") type tobaccos, although the flavors and cuts are not the same due to different methods of curing. Halfzware usually indicates a combination of dark Kentucky burley and bright Virginia tobaccos. Imperial also produces Drum in gold (blonde) and light (mild) varieties. Drum's main competitor in the US is Bali Shag rolling tobacco.

The two versions of Drum are made in different locations and have different sensory properties. European Drum is barrel-cured in the Netherlands using a centuries-old process, whereas the American version is made at the Top Tobacco factory in North Carolina.

Drum (2016 film)

"Drum" (Original title: Tabl, ) is a 2016 Iranian feature film, written and directed by Iranian independent director Keywan Karimi.

The film depicts the story of a lawyer in Tehran City and is shot in black and white. Karimi has written the screenplay based on a book of the same name by Ali-Morad Fadaei-Nia.

The Drum was accepted in the competition section of the Critic's Week of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and will compete with the seven other films in this section for the Golden Lion of the Venice Film Festival 2016.

Drum (EP)

Drum is the first official release by Local H, released in 1991. It was only available as a vinyl 7". It is the only material made for commercial release to include more than two official members of Local H, as it includes Matt Garcia on bass. The only other official release with more than two members was The '92 Demos, although it was not originally made for commercial release. It includes the same line-up as this EP.

Drum (Wales)

Drum ( Welsh: Y Drum = the ridge) is a summit in the Carneddau mountains in north Wales, 2 km north-east of Foel-fras. It is 770 m (2,526 ft) high. It is also known as Carnedd Penyborth-Goch.

Its eastern slopes are drained by the Afon Tafolog, a tributary of Afon Roe which flows through the village of Rowen before joining the River Conwy.

Drum (2004 film)

Drum is a 2004 film based on the life of South African investigative journalist Henry Nxumalo, who worked for the popular Drum magazine, called "the first black lifestyle magazine in Africa." It was director Zola Maseko's first film and deals with the issues of apartheid and the forced removal of residents from Sophiatown. The film was originally to be a six-part television series called Sophiatown Short Stories, though Maseko could not get the funding. The lead roles of Henry Nxumalo and Drum main photographer Jürgen Schadeberg were played by American actors Taye Diggs and Gabriel Mann, while most of the rest of the cast were South African actors.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2004, and proceeded to do the rounds of international film festivals before going on general release in South Africa in July 2006. It was released in Europe, but failed to get a distributor for the USA where it went straight to DVD.

The film was generally well received critically. Most of the negative reviews were based on the quality of Maseko's directing and Jason Filardi's screenwriting. It was awarded Best South African Film at the Durban International Film Festival, and director Maseko gained the top prize at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).

Drum (South African magazine)

DRUM is a South African family magazine mainly aimed at Black readers containing market news, entertainment and feature articles. It has two sister magazines: Huisgenoot (aimed at White and Coloured Afrikaans-speaking readers) and YOU (aimed at demographically diverse South African English-speaking readers of different ethnicities to inform, inspire and entertain them by offering its own brand of coverage on current events and interesting people).

In 2005 it was described as "the first black lifestyle magazine in Africa", but it is noted chiefly for its early 1950s and 1960s reportage of township life under apartheid.

Drum (album)

Drum is the first release from art rock band Hugo Largo. It was produced by Michael Stipe (who also provides backing vocals on two of the tracks) and released by Brian Eno's record label, Opal, on January 1, 1988. It had originally been released in shorter form as an EP in 1987. The Guardian included it in a list of "1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die" in 2007. It was reissued by All Saints Records in 2005.

Drum (American magazine)

Drum (corporately styled DRUM) was an American LGBT-interest magazine based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Published monthly beginning in 1964 by the homophile activist group the Janus Society and edited by Clark Polak, Drum took its title from a quote by Henry David Thoreau: "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears the beat of a different drummer."

Drum differed from earlier homophile magazines in that it included a combination of news and erotica. Beginning in April 1965 it featured the first ongoing gay-themed comic strip, the erotic parody comic Harry Chess: That Man from A.U.N.T.I.E. by "A. Jay". In December 1965, Drum published the first full-frontal male nude pictorial in an American magazine. DRUM also took a more militant editorial and political stance than other publications of the day. This combination quickly led to a monthly circulation of 10,000, the largest circulation at the time for any magazine of its kind.

In 1967, a federal grand jury indicted Drum editor Polak on 18 counts of publishing and distributing obscene material. In exchange for avoiding a prison sentence, Polak agreed to cease publishing Drum and relocate from Philadelphia to Los Angeles.

Drum (yacht)

Drum is a maxi yacht formerly co-owned by lead singer of Duran Duran Simon le Bon and currently owned by Scottish businessman Sir Arnold Clark.

Usage examples of "drum".

After a mere heartbeat of stillness, Abie could just barely make out the steady roll of a drum.

Chemical rockets in the nose fired to slow it, dirty ablation smoke was pouring out of all ninety-six brake drums.

The fireball also blew the aft stack apart, and with it the number-two boiler, which caused a steam explosion from the idling high-pressure steam drum.

Annamaria Roccaro was the last to get into position, smiling in apology as she crowded next to Aiken Drum and felt the hard tools in his pockets pressing through the sleeves and skirts of her habit.

I think perhaps the Hunt would appeal to your particular sporting instinct, Aiken Drum.

Drums, strike alarum, raise them from their sport, And ring aloud the knell of Gaveston!

But who sent the moth and allowed it, in the midst of a late-summer thunderstorm roaring like a high school principal, to make me fall in love with the drum my mother had promised me and develop my aptitude for it?

The soft, arrhythmic beat of steel drum bands and bird song welcomed them to the festivities.

The chanting was picked up by others, and soon most of the people were deeply involved in a mesmerizing sequence that consisted of repetitive phrases sung in a pulsating beat with little change in tone, alternating with arrhythmic drumming that had more tonal variation than the voices.

His heart was pounding inside his chest like a small drum, not in its usual steady march but in a wild, arrhythmic abandon.

From a chamber on the right, near a winding staircase covered with blue-and-white tiles, came the sound of laughter, of song, and of a hideous music conveyed to the astonied ear by pipes and drums.

He is attended as if he were a prince, with drums and atabals, and servants on horse and foot, and brings with him letters of credence from Saladin.

Another misfortune which befel poor Sophia, was the company of Lord Fellamar, whom she met at the opera, and who attended her to the drum.

Sophia, whom the fellow, as he was attending his master with his drum the day before, had seen pass by.

Issicore, who after all was an empty kind of drum, Baas, and only made a noise when you hit him--a little noise for a small tap, Baas, and a big noise for a bang.