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noun (n)

  • a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • the sound of a drum (noun.event)
    He could hear the drums before he heard the fifes.
    source: wordnet30
  • a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends (noun.shape)
    Synonym: barrel
    source: wordnet30
  • a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: metal drum
    source: wordnet30
  • a hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: brake drum
    source: wordnet30
  • small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise (noun.animal)
    Synonym: drumfish
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • make a rhythmic sound (verb.perception)
    Synonym: beat, thrum
    Rain drummed against the windshield.
    The drums beat all night.
    source: wordnet30
  • play a percussion instrument (verb.creation)
    source: wordnet30
  • study intensively, as before an exam (verb.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To execute on a drum, as a tune. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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