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English noun: drum

1. drum (artifact) a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end

Synonymsmembranophone, tympan

Broader (hypernym)percussion instrument, percussive instrument

Narrower (hyponym)bass drum, bongo, bongo drum, gran casa, side drum, snare, snare drum, tabor, tabour, tambour, tambourine, tenor drum, timbrel, tom-tom

Part holonymdrumhead, head

2. drum (event) the sound of a drum

SamplesHe could hear the drums before he heard the fifes.

Broader (hypernym)sound

3. drum (shape) a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends


Broader (hypernym)cylinder

4. drum (artifact) a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids

Synonymsmetal drum

Broader (hypernym)vessel

5. drum (artifact) a hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes

Synonymsbrake drum

Broader (hypernym)cylinder

Part meronymdrum brake

6. drum (animal) small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise


Broader (hypernym)sciaenid, sciaenid fish

Narrower (hyponym)Bairdiella chrysoura, channel bass, Equetus lanceolatus, Equetus pulcher, jackknife-fish, mademoiselle, red drum, redfish, Sciaenops ocellatus, silver perch, striped drum

English verb: drum

1. drum (perception) make a rhythmic sound

SamplesRain drummed against the windshield.
The drums beat all night.

Synonymsbeat, thrum

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

Verb groupbeat

2. drum (creation) play a percussion instrument

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)play

Domain categorymusic

3. drum (cognition) study intensively, as before an exam

SamplesI had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam.

Synonymsbone, bone up, cram, get up, grind away, mug up, swot, swot up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)hit the books, study

Verb groupcram

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