2. To beat with the fingers, as with drumsticks; to beat with a rapid succession of strokes; to make a noise like that of a beaten drum; as, the ruffed grouse drums with his wings. Drumming with his fingers on the arm of his chair. (W. Irving)
Origin: Drummed; drumming.
1. An instrument of percussion, consisting either of a hollow cylinder, over each end of which is stretched a piece of skin or vellum, to be beaten with a stick; or of a metallic hemisphere (kettledrum) with a single piece of skin to be so beaten; the common instrument for marking time in martial music; one of the pair of tympani in an orchestra, or cavalry band. The drums cry bud-a-dub. (Gascoigne)
2. Anything resembling a drum in form; as: a sheet iron radiator, often in the shape of a drum, for warming an apartment by means of heat received from a stovepipe, or a cylindrical receiver for steam, etc.
(Science: anatomy) a cylinder on a revolving shaft, generally for the purpose of driving several pulleys, by means of belts or straps passing around its peri 97c phery; also, the barrel of a hoisting machine, on which the rope or chain is wound.
3. (Science: zoology) see drumfish.
Origin: cf. D. Trom, trommel, LG. Trumme, g. Trommel, dan. Tromme, Sw. Trumma, OHG. Trumba a trumpet, Icel. Pruma a clap of thunder, and as a verb, to thunder, dan. Drum a booming sound, drumme to boom; prob. Partly at least of imitative origin; perh. Akin to E. Trum, or trumpet.