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      n   a synthesizer specially programmed to reproduce the sound of drums and other percussion instruments in variable rhythms and combinations selected by the musician; the resulting beat is produced continually until stopped or changed  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
drum          [1]  
1      (Music)   a percussion instrument sounded by striking a membrane stretched across the opening of a hollow cylinder or hemisphere  
2    beat the drum for  
Informal   to attempt to arouse interest in  
3    the sound produced by a drum or any similar sound  
4    an object that resembles a drum in shape, such as a large spool or a cylindrical container  
5      (Architect)  
a    one of a number of cylindrical blocks of stone used to construct the shaft of a column  
b    the wall or structure supporting a dome or cupola  
6       short for       eardrum  
7      (Also called)    drumfish   any of various North American marine and freshwater sciaenid fishes, such as Equetus pulcher (striped drum), that utter a drumming sound  
8    a type of hollow rotor for steam turbines or axial compressors  
9      (Computing)   a rotating cylindrical device on which data may be stored for later retrieval: now mostly superseded by disks  
   See       disk       2  
10    Archaic   a drummer  
11    the drum     (Austral)  
informal   the necessary information (esp. in the phrase give (someone) the drum)  
      vb   , drums, drumming, drummed  
12    to play (music) on or as if on a drum  
13    to beat or tap (the fingers) rhythmically or regularly  
14    intr   (of birds) to produce a rhythmic sound, as by beating the bill against a tree, branch, etc.  
15    tr; sometimes foll by: up   to summon or call by drumming  
16    tr   to instil by constant repetition  
to drum an idea into someone's head        (See also)        drum out       drum up  
     (C16: probably from Middle Dutch tromme, of imitative origin)  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    beat, pulsate, rap, reverberate, tap, tattoo, throb  
2      (with)       into   din into, drive home, hammer away, harp on, instil, reiterate  

drum out     
cashier, discharge, dismiss, disown, drive out, expel, oust, outlaw  
drum up     
attract, bid for, canvass, obtain, petition, round up, solicit  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
one of the parts that make up a whole machine, system etc.
human or machine conduct socially acceptable in the cyber world
a criminal action of commission or omission with intent to harm targeting humans or machines using any telecommunication device via internet
[Leg.];[Tech.] cybercrime means hacking, bullying, identity theft
vintage light on police car, i.e. a single dome with rotating lights inside. Thus nicknamed because of it's resemblance with bubblegum machines.
[US];[Coll.] Syn. bubble gum machine, gumball machine.
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