Cable drums




  • To beat a drum.
  • To beat with a rapid succession of strokes.
  • To drill or review in an attempt to establish memorization.
  • To throb, as the heart.
  • To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc.; used with for.
  • Of various animals, to make a vocalisation or mechanical sound that resembles drumming.


  • Perhaps , from Middle Dutch trommelslach ("drumbeat"), from trommel + slach (Dutch slag).
  • Or perhaps borrowed directly from a continental Germanic language; compare Middle Dutch tromme ("drum"), Middle Low German trumme ("drum") et al. Compare also Middle High German trumme, trumbe, Old High German trumba ("trumpet").
  • From Irish druim, Scottish Gaelic druim ("back, ridge").
  • Origin unknown.
  • Shortening.

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