- drum1 [drʌm] n[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▪ 1000 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 drum3.) something that looks like a drum, especially part of a machine▪ a brake drum4.) bang/beat the drum for sb/sthto speak eagerly in support of someone or something▪ The company is banging the drum for their new software.5.) the drum of stha sound like the sound a drum makes▪ the steady drum of the rain on the window→↑eardrumdrum 2drum2 v past tense and past participle drummed present participle drumming1.)to play a drum2.) [I and T]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 sth hometo 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 into [drum sth into sb] [i]phr vto keep telling someone something until they cannot forget it▪ 'Don't talk to strangers' is a message drummed into children from an early age.drum out of [drum sb out of sth] phr vto force someone to leave an organization, place, or job▪ He was drummed out of the army.drum up [drum sth<=>up] phr vto 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) .
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.