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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sciaenoid \Sci*ae"noid\, a. [L. sciaena a kind of fish (fr. Gr.
     ?) + -oid.] (Zool.)
     Of or pertaining to the Sciaenidae, a family of carnivorous
     marine fishes which includes the meagre ({Sciaena umbra or
     Sciaena aquila), and fish of the drum and croaker
     families. The croaker is so called because it may make a
     croaking noise by use of its bladder; the Atlantic croaker
     ({Micropogonias undulatus, formerly Micropogon undulatus)
     and the squeteague are a members of the croaker family, and
     the kingfish is a drum.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swag \Swag\, n.
     1. A swaying, irregular motion.
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     2. A burglar's or thief's booty; boodle. [Cant or Slang]
        --Charles Reade.
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     3. [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.
            [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              No chargers then were wrought in burnished gold,
              Nor silver vases took the forming mold. --Pope.
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     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
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     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[aum]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."
           The Merriam-Webster's 10th Colletgiate Dictionary says:
           "U. S. oftenest v[=a]s; Canada usu. and U. S. also
           v[=a]z; Canada also & U. S. sometimes v[aum]z."
           One wit has noted that "a v[aum]z is a v[=a]z that
           costs more than $100.", suggesting that the former is
           considered a higher-class pronunciation.
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     3. (Bot.) The calyx of a plant.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Croaker \Croak"er\ (-?r), n.
     1. One who croaks, murmurs, grumbles, or complains
        unreasonably; one who habitually forebodes evil.
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     2. (Zool.)
        (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.
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     Note: When caught these fishes make a croaking sound; whence
           the name, which is often corrupted into crocus.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drum \Drum\, v. t.
     1. To execute on a drum, as a tune.
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     2. (With out) To expel ignominiously, with beat of drum; as,
        to drum out a deserter or rogue from a camp, etc.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              The drums cry bud-a-dub.              --Gascoigne.
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     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,
        (b) A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are
        (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.
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     3. (Zool.) See Drumfish.
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     4. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a
        private house; a rout. [Archaic]
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              Not unaptly styled a drum, from the noise and
              emptiness of the entertainment.       --Smollett.
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     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.
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     5. A tea party; a kettledrum. --G. Eliot.
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     Bass drum. See in the Vocabulary.
     Double drum. See under Double.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drum \Drum\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Drummed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a
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     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
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              Drumming with his fingers on the arm of his chair.
                                                    --W. Irving.
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     3. To throb, as the heart. [R.] --Dryden.
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     4. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to
        draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; -- with for.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drumfish \Drum"fish`\, n. (Zool.)
     Any fish of the family Sci[ae]nid[ae], which makes a loud
     noise by means of its air bladder; -- called also drum.
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     Note: The common drumfish ({Pogonias chromis) is a large
           species, common south of New Jersey. The southern red
           drum or red horse ({Sci[ae]na ocellata), and the
           fresh-water drum or croaker ({Aplodionotus grunniens),
           are related species.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a
           hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
           [syn: drum, 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, drum]
      4: a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of
         liquids [syn: drum, metal drum]
      5: a hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms
         part of the brakes [syn: brake drum, drum]
      6: small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of
         shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise
         [syn: drum, drumfish]
      v 1: make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the
           windshield"; "The drums beat all night" [syn: drum,
           beat, thrum]
      2: play a percussion instrument
      3: study intensively, as before an exam; "I had to bone up on my
         Latin verbs before the final exam" [syn: cram, grind
         away, drum, bone up, swot, get up, mug up, swot
         up, bone]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  151 Moby Thesaurus words for "drum":
     barrage, barrel, beat, beat a ruffle, beat a tattoo, beat the drum,
     beat time, beating, bole, bongo drum, cackle, call, canvass, carol,
     cask, caw, chatter, cheep, chirk, chirp, chirr, chirrup, chitter,
     chuck, clack, cluck, cock-a-doodle-doo, column, conga, coo, count,
     count the beats, croak, cronk, crow, cuckoo, cylinder, cylindroid,
     din, ding, drizzle, drum music, drumbeat, drumfire, drumhead,
     drumming, drumskin, drumstick, fall, flutter, gabble, gaggle,
     go pitapat, gobble, guggle, hammer, honk, hoo, hoot, jazz stick,
     keep time, kettle, kettledrum, membranophone, mizzle, palpitate,
     palpitation, pant, paradiddle, patter, peep, pelt, pillar, pip,
     pipe, pitapat, pitter-patter, play drum, pound, pounding, pour,
     pour with rain, precipitate, pulsate, pulsation, pulse, quack,
     rain, rain tadpoles, rat-a-tat, rat-tat, rat-tat-tat, rataplan,
     rattattoo, roll, roller, rouleau, rub-a-dub, ruff, ruffle, scold,
     shower, shower down, side drum, sing, snare, snare drum,
     sound a tattoo, spatter, spit, splatter, splutter, sprinkle,
     sputter, squawk, staccato, stream, tabor, taboret, tabret, tam-tam,
     tambourine, tap, tat-tat, tattoo, tenor drum, throb, throbbing,
     thrum, thump, thumping, tick, ticktock, timbrel, timpani, tom-tom,
     trill, troll-drum, trunk, tube, tweet, twit, twitter, tymp stick,
     tympan, tympanon, tympanum, war drum, warble, weep, whistle

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      Ancient techspeak term referring to slow, cylindrical magnetic media that
      were once state-of-the-art storage devices. Under some versions of 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 newbies. See also ? The Story of Mel'?
      in Appendix A.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     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 newbies.
     See also "{The Story of Mel".

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