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parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a percussion instrument shaped like a cylinder. A drum has a hollow body covered at one or both ends by a tight material. It is played by beating with sticks or the hands.
definition 2: a container shaped like a cylinder, such as a barrel or a machine part.
We bought a fifty-gallon drum of oil.
part of speech: verb
inflections: drums, drumming, drummed
definition 1: to strike a drum.
We drummed for hours at the music festival.
definition 2: to hit or tap a surface again and again.
She drums on her desk when she is nervous.
similar words:
knock, tap
definition 3: to force a person to learn something by repeating it over and over.
He drummed the answers into my head.
similar words:
din, pound
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