AskDefine | Define drumming

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1 a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretch across each end [syn: membranophone, tympan]
2 the sound of a drum; "he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"
3 a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends [syn: barrel]
4 a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids [syn: metal drum]
5 a hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes [syn: brake drum]
6 small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise [syn: drumfish]


1 make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night" [syn: beat, thrum]
2 play a percussion instrument
3 study intensively, as before an exam; "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam" [syn: cram, grind away, bone up, swot, get up, mug up, swot up, bone] [also: drumming, drummed]drumming n : the act of playing drums; "he practiced his drumming several hours every day"drumming See drum

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'dɹʌmɪŋ/


  1. The act of beating a drum.


the act of beating a drum


  1. present participle of drum


Extensive Definition

Drumming may refer to:
  • the act of playing the drums or other percussion instruments
  • Drumming, a musical composition written by Steve Reich in 1971 for percussion ensemble
  • Drumming (snipe), mechanical sound produced by snipe in the course of aerial courtship displays
  • the rapid, repetitive series of strikes of a woodpecker's bill on a tree or other substrate to establish territory or attract a mate
  • a mating display of animals such as birds, often in connection with a lek (mating arena)

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