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Definition of drum:

  1. ( With out) To expel ignominiously, with beat of drum; as, to drum out a deserter or rogue from a camp, etc.
  2. ( With up) To assemble by, or as by, beat of drum; to collect; to gather or draw by solicitation; as, to drum up recruits; to drum up customers.
  3. A cylinder on a revolving shaft, generally for the purpose of driving several pulleys, by means of belts or straps passing around its periphery; also, the barrel of a hoisting machine, on which the rope or chain is wound.
  4. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a private house; a rout.
  5. A sheet iron radiator, often in the shape of a drum, for warming an apartment by means of heat received from a stovepipe, or a cylindrical receiver for steam, etc.
  6. A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are packed.
  7. A tea party; a kettledrum.
  8. An instrument of percussion, consisting either of a hollow cylinder, over each end of which is stretched a piece of skin or vellum, to be beaten with a stick; or of a metallic hemisphere ( kettledrum) with a single piece of skin to be so beaten; the common instrument for marking time in martial music; one of the pair of tympani in an orchestra, or cavalry band.
  9. Anything resembling a drum in form
  10. One of the cylindrical, or nearly cylindrical, blocks, of which the shaft of a column is composed; also, a vertical wall, whether circular or polygonal in plan, carrying a cupola or dome.
  11. See Drumfish.
  12. The tympanum of the ear; - often, but incorrectly, applied to the tympanic membrane.
  13. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum.
  14. To beat with the fingers, as with drumsticks; to beat with a rapid succession of strokes; to make a noise like that of a beaten drum; as, the ruffed grouse drums with his wings.
  15. To execute on a drum, as a tune.
  16. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; - with for.
  17. To throb, as the heart.

Synonyms:

exhaust, gun barrel, drumfish, pound, flap, tucker, arise, uprise, trick up, debone, ram, tympan, tick, amaze, organise, organize, tabla, bongo, get, tucker out, jampack, attire, barrel, side, stupefy, brake drum, mystify, steel, raise, dumbfound, rise, vex, tog up, thump, traps, jam, outsmart, lift, swot, water, thud-box, overdress, pulsate, trick out, metal drum, quiver, shell, perplex, prink, fig out, deck out, flummox, grind away, devise, beat out, pose, tub, prepare, bone, stick, barrelful, stand up, turn out, native, thrum, scramble, machinate, crush, tog out, work over, ticktack, cram, bewilder, timpani, tom-tom, kettledrum, tambourine boiler, elevate, gravel, get-up, bbl, circumvent, flower, gussy up, bring up, bone up, wash up, hot skin, beat up, bunk, dress up, beat, ticktock, vanquish, puzzle, nonplus, outwit, fig up, swot up, mug up, deck up, tabor, fancy up, snare, tambour, wad, strum, baffle, trounce, chock up, membranophone, overreach, rig out, outfox, work up.

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