1. [ noun ] (music) a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretch across each end
Synonyms: tympan membranophone
Related terms: percussion_instrument bongo tambourine snare_drum tabor tambour bass_drum tenor_drum timbrel drumhead
2. [ verb ] (music) play the drums
Related terms: play music drummer percussion
3. [ noun ] the sound of a drum

"he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"

Related terms: sound
4. [ verb ] (music) make a rhythmic sound
Synonyms: beat thrum

: "Rain drummed against the windshield" "The drums beat all night"

Related terms: go beat rhythm
5. [ noun ] a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids
Synonyms: metal_drum
Related terms: vessel
6. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 6923
7. [ noun ] a hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes
Synonyms: brake_drum
Related terms: cylinder drum_brake
8. [ verb ] (education) study intensively, as before an exam
Synonyms: grind_away bone_up swot get_up mug_up swot_up bone cram

"I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam"

Related terms: study cram swot
9. [ noun ] a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends
Synonyms: barrel
Related terms: cylinder
10. [ noun ] (zoology) small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise
Synonyms: drumfish
Related terms: sciaenid_fish silver_perch jackknife-fish red_drum striped_drum
Similar spelling:   Drumm