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Drum (noun)

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Drum. n.s. [tromme, Danish; drumme, Erse.]

  1. An instrument of military musick, consisting of vellum strained over a broad hoop on each side, and beaten with sticks.

    Let's march without the noise of threat'ning drums. Shak.

    In drums the closeness round about, that preserveth the sound from dispersing, maketh the noise come forth at the drum-hole, far more loud and strong than if you should strike upon the like skin extended in the open air. Bacon's Nat. Hist.

    Tears trickling down their breasts bedew the ground,
    And drums and trumpets mix their mournful sound.
    Dryden.

                    Now no more the drum
    Provokes to arms, or trumpet's clangor shrill
    Affrights the wives, and chills the virgin's blood.
    Phillips.

  2. The tympanum of the ear, or the membrane which perceives the vibration of the air.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Philips, John (42) · Shakespeare's Richard II (40)

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