/drʌm / (say drum)

1. a musical instrument consisting of a hollow body, often covered at one or both ends with a tightly stretched membrane, or head, which is struck with the hand, a stick, or a pair of sticks.
2. any hollow tree or similar device used in this way.
3. the sound produced by either of these.
4. any noise suggestive of it.
5. someone who plays the drum.
6. a natural organ by which an animal produces a loud or bass sound.
7. something resembling a drum in shape or structure, or in the noise it produces.
8. swag (def. 1).
9. Also, drumfish. any of various American sciaenoid fishes producing a drumming sound, as Pogonias cromis.
10. Computers (formerly) a magnetically coated cylinder revolving at high speed, used for data storage.
11. Architecture the supporting wall, circular in plan, upon which a dome sits.
12. Architecture one section of a circular column.
13. Anatomy, Zoology the eardrum or tympanic membrane.
14. a cylindrical part of a machine.
15. a cylindrical box or receptacle.
verb (drummed, drumming)
verb (i)
16. to beat or play a drum.
17. to beat on anything rhythmically.
18. to make a sound like that of a drum; resound.
19. (of partridges and other birds) to produce a sound resembling drumming.
verb (t)
20. to beat rhythmically; perform (a tune) by drumming.
21. to call or summon by, or as by, beating a drum.
22. to drive or force by persistent repetition: to drum an idea into someone.
23. beat (or bang) the drum, to present one's case in an unwarrantedly alarmist fashion.
24. drum out, to expel or dismiss in disgrace to the beat of a drum.
25. drum up,
a. to solicit or obtain (trade, customers, etc.).
b. Colloquial to give advice or information to: I drummed him up on the deal.
26. run a drum, Colloquial (of a racehorse) to perform well: the mare never even looked like running a drum.
27. the drum, Colloquial information or advice usually confidential or profitable: *I don't want to be quizzy, Mac, but, if it's a fair question what's the drum? –d'arcy niland, 1955.
{? shortened form of obsolete drumslade drummer, from Low German Trommelslag drumbeat; ? Middle Dutch tromme}
/drʌm / (say drum)

noun Colloquial
a brothel.
{18th-century British slang: house, street, from Romani drom road, from Greek dromos}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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