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"drum" in British English

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drumnoun [C]

uk   us   /drʌm/
  • drum noun [C] (INSTRUMENT)

A2 a ​musicalinstrument, ​especially one made from a ​skinstretched over the end of a ​hollowtube or ​bowl, ​played by ​hitting with the ​hand or a ​stick: a ​bass/​snare/​kettle drum They ​danced to the beat of the drums (= ​sound of the drums being ​hit).

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  • drum noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a ​large tube-like ​container: an ​oil drum a five-gallon ​plastic drum a drum ofradioactivewaste the ​hollowmetalcylinder in a ​washingmachine into which ​clothes and other things are put for ​washing

drumverb [I or T]

uk   us   /drʌm/ (-mm-)
(Definition of drum from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"drum" in American English

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drumnoun [C]

 us   /drʌm/
  • drum noun [C] (INSTRUMENT)

a ​musicalinstrument, usually with a ​skinstretched over the end of a ​hollowtube or ​bowl, ​played by ​hitting with the ​hand or a ​stick
  • drum noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a ​large, ​cylindricalcontainer usually used for ​storingliquids: an ​oil drum

drumverb [I]

 us   /drʌm/ (-mm-)
  • drum verb [I] (INSTRUMENT)

to make a ​rhythmicsound by ​hittingrepeatedly: The ​raindrummed on the ​tinroof.
(Definition of drum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"drum" in Business English

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drumnoun [C]

uk   us   /drʌm/
TRANSPORT a large ​container used for ​storing liquids such as ​oil and ​chemicals: 3000 drums of lethal ​chemicals have been ​dumped in the sea. He will ​collect 60 to 70 ​pounds of honey from his 1,500 hives and ​sell it in 55-gallon drums.
(Definition of drum from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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