2. A percussion instrument consisting of a hollow cylinder or hemisphere with a membrane stretched tightly over one or both ends, played by beating with the hands or sticks.
3. A sound produced by this instrument.
4. Something resembling a drum in shape or structure, especially a barrellike metal container or a metal cylinder wound with cable, wire, or heavy rope.
5. Any of various marine and freshwater fishes of the family Sciaenidae that make a drumming sound.
6. Anatomy The eardrum.
7. To play a drum or drums.
8. To thump or tap rhythmically or continually:
nervously drummed on the table.
9. To produce a booming, reverberating sound by beating the wings, as certain birds do.
10. To perform (a piece or tune) on or as if on a drum.
11. To summon by or as if by beating a drum.
12. To make known to or force upon (a person) by constant repetition:
drummed the answers into my head.
13. To expel or dismiss in disgrace:
was drummed out of the army.
14. To bring about by continuous, persistent effort:
drum up new business.
15. To devise; invent:
drummed up an alibi.
16. Middle English drom
17. from Middle Dutch tromme
源自 中古荷兰语 tromme
18. [probably of imitative origin]