drum Definition

  • 1a percussion instrument sounded by being struck with sticks or the hands, typically cylindrical, barrel-shaped, or bowl-shaped with a taut membrane over one or both ends
  • 2a sound made by or resembling that of a drum
  • 3a cylindrical container or receptacle

Using drum: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "drum" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He played the drum in the marching band.

  • Example

    The drummer beat the drum loudly.

  • Example

    She heard the drum of hooves in the distance.

  • Example

    The oil drum was filled to the brim with gasoline.

drum Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for drum

Idioms Using drum

  • drum into someone's head

    to teach or impress upon someone through repetition


    Her parents drummed into her head the importance of getting a good education.

  • to create or generate something, often interest or support


    The politician tried to drum up support for his campaign by making speeches and holding rallies.

  • bang the drum for someone/something

    to publicly support or promote someone or something


    The coach always bangs the drum for his players, encouraging them to do their best.

Phrases with drum

  • to promote something vigorously


    The company hired a marketing team to beat the drum for their new product.

  • drum up business

    to try to get more customers or clients for a business


    The sales team is trying to drum up business for the new restaurant.

  • to do things in a different way from most people


    She always marched to the beat of a different drum, never following the crowd.

Origins of drum

from Middle Dutch 'tromme', of imitative origin


Summary: drum in Brief

A 'drum' [drʌm] is a percussion instrument that is struck with sticks or hands, usually cylindrical or bowl-shaped with a taut membrane over one or both ends. It can also refer to a sound resembling that of a drum or a cylindrical container. Phrases like 'beat the drum' and 'drum up business' denote promotion or generating interest, while idioms like 'drum into someone's head' and 'bang the drum for someone/something' imply teaching or support.

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