Meaning of DRUM in English

I. drum 1 /drʌm/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Origin: Probably from Dutch trom ]

1 . a musical instrument made of skin stretched over a circular frame, played by hitting it with your hand or a stick:

a big bass drum

1,000 people marched, beating drums and carrying flags.

on drums

Trumpeter Red Rodney was playing with Kenny Clarke on drums (=playing the drums) .

Jones played the drums in an all-girl band.

2 . a large round container for storing liquids such as oil, chemicals etc:

a 5 gallon oil drum

3 . something that looks like a drum, especially part of a machine:

a brake drum

4 . bang/beat the drum for somebody/something to speak eagerly in support of someone or something:

The company is banging the drum for their new software.

5 . the drum of something a sound like the sound a drum makes:

the drum of the rain on the window

⇨ ↑ eardrum

II. drum 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle drummed , present participle drumming )

1 . [intransitive] to play a drum

2 . [intransitive and transitive] to make a sound similar to a drum by hitting a surface again and again:

I could hear the rain drumming against the windows.

Lisa drummed her fingers impatiently on the table.

3 . drum something home to use repeated arguments or messages in order to make sure that people understand something:

An information booklet will be available and press advertisements will drum home the message.

drum something into somebody phrasal verb

to keep telling someone something until they cannot forget it:

‘Don’t talk to strangers’ is a message drummed into children.

drum somebody out of something phrasal verb

to force someone to leave an organization, place, or job:

He was drummed out of the army.

drum something ↔ up phrasal verb

to get support, interest, attention etc from people by making an effort:

He travelled throughout Latin America drumming up support for the confederation.

The organization is using the event to drum up business (=get more work and sales) .

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.