Definition of drumhead in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrʌmhɛd/


1The membrane or skin of a drum.
Example sentences
  • In the normally tradition-bound world of musical instruments, synthetic drumheads took over in an amazingly short time.
  • He moved my hands and made the sticks pound against the drumheads and beat out a rhythm.
  • This type of vinyl floor, being perimeter bonded, will now contract slightly, tightening like a drumhead over the next 24 to 48 hours.
2A winter cabbage of a flat-topped variety.
Example sentences
  • The lowest figure was obtained for a piece of drumhead cabbage.
3chiefly historical The circular top of a ship’s capstan, with holes into which bars are placed to turn it.


Carried out by or as if by an army in the field; improvised or summary: a drumhead court martial
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  • He was indicted and faced a drumhead trial.
  • They also failed to give live coverage to yesterday's drumhead service attended by 6,000 Royal Navy veterans and hosted by Brian Hanrahan and Kate Adie.
  • He has at least publicly favoured proper trials over drumhead tribunals.
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