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n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) another name for drum17
n., pl. drums, (esp. collectively for 11 ) drum, n.
1. a musical percussion instrument consisting of a hollow, usu. cylindrical body covered at one or both ends with a tightly stretched membrane, or head, which is struck with the hand, a stick, or a pair of sticks to produce a booming, tapping, or hollow sound.
2. any hollow tree or similar object or device used in this way.
3. the sound produced by such an instrument, object, or device.
4. any rumbling or deep booming sound.
5. a natural organ by which an animal produces a loud or bass sound.
7. any cylindrical object with flat ends.
8. a cylindrical part of a machine.
9. a cylindrical box or receptacle, esp. a large, metal one for storing or transporting liquids.
10. Also called tambour.
a. any of several cylindrical stones laid one above the other to form a column or pier.
b. a cylindrical or faceted construction supporting a dome.
11. Also called drumfish. any of various croakers that produce a drumming sound.v.i.
12. to beat or play a drum.
13. to beat on anything rhythmically, esp. to tap one's fingers rhythmically on a hard surface.
14. to make a sound like that of a drum; resound.
15. (of ruffed grouse and other birds) to produce a sound resembling drumming.v.t.
16. to beat (a drum) rhythmically; perform by beating a drum.
17. to call or summon by or as if by beating a drum.
18. to drive or force by persistent repetition: to drum an idea into someone.
19. to fill a drum with; store in a drum.
20. drum out,
a. to expel or dismiss from a military service in disgrace to the beat of a drum.
b. to dismiss in disgrace.
21. drum up,Idioms:
a. to call or summon by, or as if by, beating a drum.
b. to obtain or create (trade, interest, etc.) through vigorous effort.
c. to concoct; devise.
beat the drum for, to publicize.
[1535–45; shortening of drumslade drum, drummer]
n. Chiefly Scot.
a long narrow hill or ridge.
[1715–25; < Irish and Scottish Gaelic druim]
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|Noun||1.||drumfish - small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise|
sciaenid, sciaenid fish - widely distributed family of carnivorous percoid fishes having a large air bladder used to produce sound
Bairdiella chrysoura, mademoiselle, silver perch - small silvery drumfish often mistaken for white perch; found along coasts of United States from New York to Mexico