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Definition 1: small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for drum in the sense of this definition

(drum is a kind of ...) widely distributed family of carnivorous percoid fishes having a large air bladder used to produce sound

(... is a kind of drum ) a kind of drumfish

(... is a kind of drum ) black-and-white drumfish with an erect elongated dorsal fin

(... is a kind of drum ) small silvery drumfish often mistaken for white perch; found along coasts of United States from New York to Mexico

(... is a kind of drum ) large edible fish found off coast of United States from Massachusetts to Mexico

Definition 2: a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for drum in the sense of this definition

(drum is a kind of ...) a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another

(... is a kind of drum ) a large drum with two heads; makes a sound of indefinite but very low pitch

(... is a kind of drum ) any of various drums with small heads

(... is a kind of drum ) a shallow drum with a single drumhead and with metallic disks in the sides

(... is a kind of drum ) a drum

(... is a kind of drum ) a small drum with one head of soft calfskin

(... is a kind of drum ) a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head

(... is a kind of drum ) a small drum; played with the hands

(... is a kind of drum ) small hand drum similar to a tambourine; formerly carried by itinerant jugglers

(drum is a part of ...) a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum

Definition 3: a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for drum in the sense of this definition

(drum is a kind of ...) an object used as a container (especially for liquids)

Definition 4: a hollow cast iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for drum in the sense of this definition

(drum is a kind of ...) a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line

(... is part of drum) hydraulic brake in which friction is applied to the inside of a spinning drum by the brake shoe

Definition 5: the sound of a drum - [noun denoting event]

Samples where drum or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes

(drum is a kind of ...) the sudden occurrence of an audible event

"the sound awakened them"

Definition 6: a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for drum in the sense of this definition

(drum is a kind of ...) a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line

Definition 7: study intensively, as before an exam - [verb of cognition]

Samples where drum or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam

Synonyms for drum in the sense of this definition

(drum is a kind of ...) learn by reading books

"He is studying geology in his room" "I have an exam next week; I must hit the books now"

(drum has a similar meaning as ...) prepare (students) hastily for an impending exam

Definition 8: play a percussion instrument - [verb of creation]

(drum is a kind of ...) perform music on (a musical instrument)

"He plays the flute" "Can you play on this old recorder?"

(drum belongs to category ...) musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

"his music was his central interest"

Definition 9: make a rhythmic sound - [verb of perception]

Samples where drum or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Rain drummed against the windshield
  • The drums beat all night

Synonyms for drum in the sense of this definition

(drum is a kind of ...) make a certain noise or sound

"She went `Mmmmm'" "The gun went `bang'"

(drum has a similar meaning as ...) indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks

"Beat the rhythm"

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