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  10  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Swag  \Swag\,  n.  [Australia] 
  a  A  tramping  bushman's  luggage,  rolled  up  either  in  canvas 
  or  in  a  blanket  so  as  to  form  a  long  bundle,  and  carried 
  on  the  back  or  over  the  shoulder;  --  called  also  a 
  {bluey},  or  a  {drum}. 
  b  Any  bundle  of  luggage  similarly  rolled  up  hence  luggage 
  in  general. 
 
  He  tramped  for  years  till  the  swag  he  bore  seemed 
  part  of  himself.  --Lawson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Vase  \Vase\  (v[=a]s  or  v[aum]z;  277),  n.  [F.  vase;  cf  Sp  &  It 
  vaso;  fr  L.  vas,  vasum.  Cf  {Vascular},  {Vessel}.] 
  1.  A  vessel  adapted  for  various  domestic  purposes,  and 
  anciently  for  sacrificial  uses;  especially,  a  vessel  of 
  antique  or  elegant  pattern  used  for  ornament;  as  a 
  porcelain  vase;  a  gold  vase;  a  Grecian  vase.  See  Illust. 
  of  {Portland  vase},  under  {Portland}. 
 
  No  chargers  then  were  wrought  in  burnished  gold,  Nor 
  silver  vases  took  the  forming  mold.  --Pope. 
 
  2.  (Arch.) 
  a  A  vessel  similar  to  that  described  in  the  first 
  definition  above,  or  the  representation  of  one  in  a 
  solid  block  of  stone,  or  the  like  used  for  an 
  ornament,  as  on  a  terrace  or  in  a  garden.  See  Illust. 
  of  {Niche}. 
  b  The  body,  or  naked  ground,  of  the  Corinthian  and 
  Composite  capital;  --  called  also  {tambour},  and 
  {drum}. 
 
  Note:  Until  the  time  of  Walker  (1791),  vase  was  made  to  rhyme 
  with  base,,  case,  etc.,  and  it  is  still  commonly  so 
  pronounced  in  the  United  States.  Walker  made  it  to 
  rhyme  with  phrase,  maze,  etc  Of  modern  English 
  practice,  Mr  A.  J.  Ellis  (1874)  says:  ``Vase  has  four 
  pronunciations  in  English:  v[add]z,  which  I  most 
  commonly  say  is  going  out  of  use  v["a]z  I  hear  most 
  frequently,  v[=a]z  very  rarely,  and  v[=a]s  I  only  know 
  from  Cull's  marking.  On  the  analogy  of  case,  however, 
  it  should  be  the  regular  sound.'' 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Drum  \Drum\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Drummed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Drumming}.] 
  1.  To  beat  a  drum  with  sticks;  to  beat  or  play  a  tune  on  a 
  drum. 
 
  2.  To  beat  with  the  fingers,  as  with  drumsticks;  to  beat  with 
  a  rapid  succession  of  strokes;  to  make  a  noise  like  that 
  of  a  beaten  drum;  as  the  ruffed  grouse  drums  with  his 
  wings. 
 
  Drumming  with  his  fingers  on  the  arm  of  his  chair. 
  --W.  Irving. 
 
  3.  To  throb,  as  the  heart.  [R.]  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  To  go  about  as  a  drummer  does  to  gather  recruits,  to 
  draw  or  secure  partisans,  customers,  etc,;  --  with  for 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Drum  \Drum\,  n.  [Cf.  D.  trom,  trommel,  LG  trumme  G.  trommel, 
  Dan.  tromme,  Sw  trumma  OHG.  trumba  a  trumpet,  Icel.  pruma  a 
  clap  of  thunder,  and  as  a  verb  to  thunder,  Dan.  drum  a 
  booming  sound,  drumme  to  boom;  prob.  partly  at  least  of 
  imitative  origin;  perh.  akin  to  E.  trum,  or  trumpet.] 
  1.  (Mus.)  An  instrument  of  percussion,  consisting  either  of  a 
  hollow  cylinder,  over  each  end  of  which  is  stretched  a 
  piece  of  skin  or  vellum,  to  be  beaten  with  a  stick;  or  of 
  a  metallic  hemisphere  (kettledrum)  with  a  single  piece  of 
  skin  to  be  so  beaten;  the  common  instrument  for  marking 
  time  in  martial  music;  one  of  the  pair  of  tympani  in  an 
  orchestra,  or  cavalry  band. 
 
  The  drums  cry  bud-a-dub.  --Gascoigne. 
 
  2.  Anything  resembling  a  drum  in  form  as: 
  a  A  sheet  iron  radiator,  often  in  the  shape  of  a  drum, 
  for  warming  an  apartment  by  means  of  heat  received 
  from  a  stovepipe,  or  a  cylindrical  receiver  for  steam, 
  etc 
  b  A  small  cylindrical  box  in  which  figs,  etc.,  are 
  packed. 
  c  (Anat.)  The  tympanum  of  the  ear;  --  often  but 
  incorrectly,  applied  to  the  tympanic  membrane. 
  d  (Arch.)  One  of  the  cylindrical,  or  nearly  cylindrical, 
  blocks,  of  which  the  shaft  of  a  column  is  composed; 
  also  a  vertical  wall,  whether  circular  or  polygonal 
  in  plan  carrying  a  cupola  or  dome. 
  e  (Mach.)  A  cylinder  on  a  revolving  shaft,  generally  for 
  the  purpose  of  driving  several  pulleys,  by  means  of 
  belts  or  straps  passing  around  its  periphery;  also 
  the  barrel  of  a  hoisting  machine,  on  which  the  rope  or 
  chain  is  wound. 
 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Drumfish}. 
 
  4.  A  noisy,  tumultuous  assembly  of  fashionable  people  at  a 
  private  house;  a  rout.  [Archaic] 
 
  Not  unaptly  styled  a  drum,  from  the  noise  and 
  emptiness  of  the  entertainment.  --Smollett. 
 
  Note:  There  were  also  drum  major,  rout,  tempest,  and 
  hurricane,  differing  only  in  degrees  of  multitude  and 
  uproar,  as  the  significant  name  of  each  declares. 
 
  5.  A  tea  party;  a  kettledrum.  --G.  Eliot. 
 
  {Bass  drum}.  See  in  the  Vocabulary. 
 
  {Double  drum}.  See  under  {Double}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Drum  \Drum\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  execute  on  a  drum,  as  a  tune. 
 
  2.  (With  out)  To  expel  ignominiously,  with  beat  of  drum;  as 
  to  drum  out  a  deserter  or  rogue  from  a  camp,  etc 
 
  3.  (With  up)  To  assemble  by  or  as  by  beat  of  drum;  to 
  collect;  to  gather  or  draw  by  solicitation;  as  to  drum  up 
  recruits;  to  drum  up  customers. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Drumfish  \Drum"fish`\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  fish  of  the  family  {Sci[ae]nid[ae]},  which  makes  a  loud 
  noise  by  means  of  its  air  bladder;  --  called  also  {drum}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Croaker  \Croak"er\  (-?r),  n. 
  1.  One  who  croaks,  murmurs,  grumbles,  or  complains 
  unreasonably;  one  who  habitually  forebodes  evil. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  A  small  American  fish  ({Micropogon  undulatus}),  of  the 
  Atlantic  coast. 
  a  An  American  fresh-water  fish  ({Aplodinotus 
  grunniens});  --  called  also  {drum}. 
  c  The  surf  fish  of  California. 
 
  Note:  When  caught  these  fishes  make  a  croaking  sound;  whence 
  the  name  which  is  often  corrupted  into  crocus. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  drum 
  n  1:  a  musical  percussion  instrument;  usually  consists  of  a 
  hollow  cylinder  with  a  membrane  stretch  across  each  end 
  [syn:  {membranophone},  {tympan}] 
  2:  the  sound  of  a  drum;  "he  could  hear  the  drums  before  he 
  heard  the  fifes" 
  3:  a  bulging  cylindrical  shape;  hollow  with  flat  ends  [syn:  {barrel}] 
  4:  a  cylindrical  metal  container  used  for  shipping  or  storage 
  of  liquids  [syn:  {metal  drum}] 
  5:  a  hollow  cast-iron  cylinder  attached  to  the  wheel  that  forms 
  part  of  the  brakes  [syn:  {brake  drum}] 
  6:  small  to  medium-sized  bottom-dwelling  food  and  game  fishes 
  of  shallow  coastal  and  fresh  waters  that  make  a  drumming 
  noise  [syn:  {drumfish}] 
  v  1:  make  a  rhythmic  sound:  "Rain  drummed  against  the 
  windshield";  "The  drums  beat  all  night"  [syn:  {beat},  {thrum}] 
  2:  play  the  drums 
  3:  study  intensively,  as  before  an  exam;  "I  had  to  bone  up  on 
  my  Latin  verbs  before  the  final  exam"  [syn:  {cram},  {grind 
  away},  {bone  up},  {swot},  {get  up},  {mug  up},  {swot  up},  {bone}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  drum  adj  n.  Ancient  techspeak  term  referring  to  slow, 
  cylindrical  magnetic  media  that  were  once  state-of-the-art  storage 
  devices.  Under  BSD  Unix  the  disk  partition  used  for  swapping  is  still 
  called  `/dev/drum';  this  has  led  to  considerable  humor  and  not  a  few 
  straight-faced  but  utterly  bogus  `explanations'  getting  foisted  on 
  {newbie}s.  See  also  "{The  Story  of  Mel}"  in  Appendix  A. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  drum 
 
  Ancient  slow,  cylindrical  magnetic  media  that  were  once 
  state-of-the-art  storage  devices.  Under  {BSD}  {Unix}  the  disk 
  partition  used  for  swapping  is  still  called  "/dev/drum";  this 
  has  led  to  considerable  humour  and  not  a  few  straight-faced 
  but  utterly  bogus  explanations"  getting  foisted  on  {newbie}s. 
 
  See  also  "{The  Story  of  Mel}". 
 
  (1994-12-22) 
 
 




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