A drum is a musical instrument that you play by hitting it rhythmically with a stick or your hand. Most drums are round, with a thin material stretched tightly over the ends.

Some drums, like the West African djembe, are played with bare hands by a drummer who plays just one drum at a time. Others are found in a drum kit, often part of a rock band or a jazz ensemble, which might include a bass drum, a snare drum, cymbals, and a tom-tom — or even more. The word drum is also a verb, meaning "to play a drum," and can also mean "a cylinder-shaped container."

Definitions of drum
  1. noun
    a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
    synonyms: membranophone, tympan
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    bass drum, gran casa
    a large drum with two heads; makes a sound of indefinite but very low pitch
    bongo, bongo drum
    a small drum; played with the hands
    side drum, snare, snare drum
    a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head
    tabor, tabour
    a small drum with one head of soft calfskin
    a drum
    a shallow drum with a single drumhead and with metallic disks in the sides
    tenor drum, tom-tom
    any of various drums with small heads
    small hand drum similar to a tambourine; formerly carried by itinerant jugglers
    type of:
    percussion instrument, percussive instrument
    a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
  2. noun
    a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends
    synonyms: barrel
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    a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line
  3. noun
    the sound of a drum
    “he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes”
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    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
  4. noun
    a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids
    synonyms: metal drum
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    an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
  5. noun
    a hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes
    synonyms: brake drum
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    a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line
  6. noun
    small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise
    synonyms: drumfish
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    Equetus pulcher, striped drum
    a kind of drumfish
    Equetus lanceolatus, jackknife-fish
    black-and-white drumfish with an erect elongated dorsal fin
    Bairdiella chrysoura, mademoiselle, silver perch
    small silvery drumfish often mistaken for white perch; found along coasts of United States from New York to Mexico
    Sciaenops ocellatus, channel bass, red drum, redfish
    large edible fish found off coast of United States from Massachusetts to Mexico
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    sciaenid, sciaenid fish
    widely distributed family of carnivorous percoid fishes having a large air bladder used to produce sound
  7. verb
    make a rhythmic sound
    “Rain drummed against the windshield”
    synonyms: beat, thrum
    indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
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    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  8. verb
    play a percussion instrument
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    perform music on (a musical instrument)
  9. verb
    study intensively, as before an exam
    synonyms: bone, bone up, cram, get up, grind away, mug up, swot, swot up
    prepare (students) hastily for an impending exam
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    type of:
    hit the books, study
    learn by reading books
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