2. Anything resembling a drum in form; as: (a) 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. (b) A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are packed. (c) (Anat.) The tympanum of the ear;
often, but incorrectly, applied to the tympanic membrane. (d) (Arch.) 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. (e) (Mach.) 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.
3. (Zoöl.) See Drumfish.
4. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a private house; a rout. [Archaic]
Not unaptly styled a drum, from the noise and emptiness of the entertainment.Smollett.
There were also drum major, rout, tempest, and hurricane, differing only in degrees of multitude and
uproar, as the significant name of each declares.
5. A tea party; a kettledrum. G. Eliot.
Bass drum. See in the Vocabulary. Double drum. See under Double.
(Drum), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Drummed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Drumming.]
1. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum.
2. 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.
Drumming with his fingers on the arm of his chair.W. Irving.
3. To throb, as the heart. [R.] Dryden.
4. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,;
(Drum), v. t.
1. To execute on a drum, as a tune.
2. (With out) To expel ignominiously, with beat of drum; as, to drum out a deserter or rogue from a
3. (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.
(Drum"beat`) n. The sound of a beaten drum; drum music.
Whose morning drumbeat, following the sun, and keeping company with the hours, circles the earth
with one continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England.D. Webster.
(Drum"ble) v. i. [See Drumly.]
1. To be sluggish or lazy; to be confused. [Obs.] Shak.
2. To mumble in speaking. [Obs.]