Synonyms of drum


1. drum, membranophone, tympan, percussion instrument, percussive instrument

usage: a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end

2. drum, sound

usage: the sound of a drum; "he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"

3. barrel, drum, cylinder

usage: a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends

4. drum, metal drum, vessel

usage: a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids

5. brake drum, drum, cylinder

usage: a hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes

6. drum, drumfish, sciaenid fish, sciaenid

usage: small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise


1. drum, beat, thrum, sound, go

usage: make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"

2. drum, play

usage: play a percussion instrument

3. cram, grind away, drum, bone up, swot, get up, mug up, swot up, bone, study, hit the books

usage: study intensively, as before an exam; "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam"

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Definition and meaning of drum (Dictionary)