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1. Music The material stretched over one or both ends of a drum.
2. Nautical The circular top part of a capstan, used to hold bars for turning.


1. (Instruments) music the part of a drum that is actually struck with a stick or the hand
2. (Nautical Terms) the head of a capstan, pierced with holes for the capstan bars
3. (Anatomy) another name for eardrum



1. the membrane stretched upon a drum.
2. the top part of a capstan.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drumhead - a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum
drum, membranophone, tympan - a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
membrane - a thin pliable sheet of material
Adj.1.drumhead - performed speedily and without formality; "a summary execution"; "summary justice"
unofficial - not having official authority or sanction; "a sort of unofficial mayor"; "an unofficial estimate"; "he participated in an unofficial capacity"


A. Nparche m de tambor
B. CPD drumhead court-martial Nconsejo m de guerra sumarísimo
References in classic literature ?
It looks very tough and I can use it to make myself a drumhead.
And his new master sat on the cliff waiting for him to drown, so as to skin him and make himself a drumhead.
The skin roof, stretched tightly as a drumhead, I had thought, sagged and bellied with every gust; and innumerable interstices in the walls, not so tightly stuffed with moss as Maud had supposed, disclosed themselves.
If you refused to go into the militia, or to obey after you were in, you would be tried by drumhead court martial and shot down like dogs.
That they can shoot us by drumhead court martial if we refuse?
His skin, which is stretched across his bones like a drumhead, is not white, but a nasty yellow.
This letter was so important that it made them forsake their cards and their dice on the drumhead.
This way and that skipped the four, like peas on a drumhead, but they could see neither to defend themselves nor to run away.
It was a strange thing in a way, when we first landed in Korea; at one point we had a drumhead service with the minister, the Reverend; the Chaplain Corps put it on and that was fine.
It begins with a Drumhead Service with regiments of the Armed Forces marching alongside veterans, plus displays and activities provided by all three branches, with children's entertainment and stalls.
50 am on Saturday June 24 with the official regional Armed Forces Day military parade through Bangor town centre, incorporating a special Drumhead Service and Flag Raising.
Heirloom varieties of Savoy are a bit hard to locate, but January King and Perfection Drumhead are in the American seed trade.