The drum is a member of the percussion group of musical instruments. In the Hornbostel-Sachs classification system, it is a membranophone. Drums consist of at least one membrane, called a drumhead or drum skin, that is stretched over a shell and struck, either directly with the player's hands, or with a drum stick, to produce sound. There is usually a resonance head on the underside of the drum, typically tuned to a slightly lower pitch than the top drumhead. Other techniques have been used to cause drums to make sound, such as the thumb roll. Drums are the world's oldest and most ubiquitous musical instruments, and the basic design has remained virtually ...

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  1. A percussive musical instrument spanned with a thin covering on at least one end for striking, forming an acoustic chamber, affecting what materials are used to make it.
  2. Any similar hollow, cylindrical object.
  3. In particular, a barrel or large cylindrical container for liquid transport and storage.
    The restaurant ordered ketchup in 50-gallon drums.
  4. A social gathering or assembly held in the evening.
  5. The encircling wall that supports a dome or cupola
  6. Any of the cylindrical blocks that make up the shaft of a pillar
  7. A drumfish.
  8. A person's home.


  1. To beat a drum.
  2. To beat with a rapid succession of strokes.
    The ruffed grouse drums with his wings.
  3. To drill or review in an attempt to establish memorization.
    He’s still trying to drum Spanish verb conjugations into my head.
  4. To throb, as the heart.
  5. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc.; used with for.

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