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American English: /drəm/
British English: /drʌm/

Translation of drum in Spanish:


  • 1 (Music) 1.1 to beat the drum for something
    anunciar or pregonar algo con bombos y platillos or (Spain) a bombo y platillo
    also: drums plural
    (in band) with Buddy Rich on drums
    con Buddy Rich en (la) batería
    Example sentences
    • Intensity and loudness increases by the middle of the movement, with some sharp attacks by the strings, with drums and syncopated rhythms.
    • While the 72nd Sutton Music Festival will benefit from a grant of £300 to enable organisers to set up a new section for drums and keyboard musicians.
    • Jazz bands without drums or bass oblige the remaining participants to be extremely industrious.
  • 2 2.1 (container)
    Example sentences
    • Though barrels may be close to extinct, companies still ship some oil in 55-gallon steel drums.
    • Inside the drum's body is a padlocked hatch into which the money falls.
    • Inside the bottomless drum are mixed items waiting to be sorted, treasures waiting to be uncovered.
    2.2 (machine part) a revolving drum
    un tambor giratorio
    Example sentences
    • Instead they may show excessive interest in repetitive activities, such as lining up their toys or watching the washing machine drum rotate for an extended period of time.
    • Mohsan likened clock speeds to the RPM's of washing machine drums.
    • Our baits were stored in large metal washing machine drums that we had shipped out specifically for the purpose, this kept them in superb condition.
    2.3 (spool)
  • 4 (Architecture)
    Example sentences
    • Foster and Partners' solution was to clad the circular drum with limestone to match the courtyard walls.
    • Portions of this platform could then be removed in stages to allow the drum of the dome to be constructed through the platform.
    • Sydney's brick drum, which was never intended to be seen from the outside, is being given a Portland stone skin.
    Example sentences
    • Today several column drums and capitals are to be found in GD 80.
    • The Corinthian pronaos surmounted by a drum in Juvarra's design for the facade was only added in the 19th century.

transitive verb -mm-

  • (table/floor)
    to drum one's fingers
    tamborilear con los dedos
    Example sentences
    • Ava sat on the edge of the bed, twirling her hair around her fingers, and Damien drummed his feet against the headboard.
    • I was there a minute or two, just tapped my feet nervously and drumming my fingers on the steering wheel to some unknown beat.
    • She drummed her fingers impatiently against the smooth surface of the table, eyes watching the baristas as they made drink after drink.

intransitive verb -mm-

  • 1 (Music)
    tocar el tambor
    Example sentences
    • Both performances drew heavily on Melanesian sounds - interspersed with high energy chanting, drumming and dancing.
    • They work at festivals, so there are lots of people that can help out with drumming and energy work while they do their thing.
    • This was the real deal too - none of your tourist queso malarkey, just a bunch of locals sitting around, strumming and drumming and clapping and singing.
  • 2 (vibrate)
    Example sentences
    • Her voice was quaking, panicked in a way that sent my blood drumming in my ears.
    • He had natural rhythm and he'd drum on pots and pans.
    • She hadn't been this close to him in a long time, so close she could hear his heart drumming by her ear, feel the rhythm of his breathing.
    Example sentences
    • A buzzard, high above, hung on the thermals and the sound of drumming snipe reminded me that this, after all, was summer.
    • The next morning, drumming snipe provide my wake-up call, and, in soft sunshine, I wander down to the shore.
    • Other breeding waders include 19 drumming snipe, 3 pairs of dunlin and 4 pairs of ringed plover.

Phrasal verbs

drum into

verb + object + preposition + object
to drum something into somebody o somebody's head
hacerle aprender algo a alguien a fuerza de repetírselo
hacerle aprender algo a alguien a fuerza de machacárselo [colloquial]
she has had it drummed into her that she mustn't …
le han hecho aprender a fuerza de repetírselo que no debe …
le han hecho aprender a fuerza de machacárselo que no debe … [colloquial]

drum out of

verb + object + adverb + preposition + object
(of army/school)
expulsar de

drum up

verb + adverb + object
she's trying to drum up enthusiasm for the scheme
está tratando de despertar entusiasmo por el plan
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