Meaning of DRUM in English

I. ˈdrəm noun

Etymology: probably from Dutch trom; akin to Middle High German trumme drum

Date: 1539

1. : a percussion instrument consisting of a hollow shell or cylinder with a drumhead stretched over one or both ends that is beaten with the hands or with some implement (as a stick or wire brush)

2. : tympanic membrane

3. : the sound of a drum ; also : a sound similar to that of a drum

4. : any of various chiefly marine bony fishes (family Sciaenidae) that make a drumming or croaking noise using their air bladder and associated muscles

5. : something resembling a drum in shape: as


(1) : any of the cylindrical blocks that form the shaft of a column

(2) : a round wall or structure that supports a dome

b. : a cylindrical machine or mechanical device or part

c. : a cylindrical container ; specifically : a large usually metal container for liquids

a 55-gallon drum

d. : a disk-shaped magazine for an automatic weapon

• drum·like -ˌlīk adjective


drum 1: 1 bass, 2 snare (orchestra), 3 snare (parade)


II. verb

( drummed ; drum·ming )

Date: 1583

intransitive verb

1. : to make a succession of strokes or vibrations that produce sounds like drumbeats

2. : to beat a drum

3. : to throb or sound rhythmically

4. : to stir up interest : solicit

transitive verb

1. : to summon or enlist by or as if by beating a drum

were drummed into service

2. : to dismiss ignominiously : expel — usually used with out

3. : to drive or force by steady effort or reiteration

drummed the speech into her head


a. : to strike or tap repeatedly

b. : to produce (rhythmic sounds) by such action

III. noun

Etymology: Scottish Gaelic druim back, ridge, from Old Irish druimm

Date: 1725

1. chiefly Scottish : a long narrow hill or ridge

2. : drumlin

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.