Definition of Drum roll

1. Noun. The sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously.

Exact synonyms: Paradiddle, Roll
Generic synonyms: Sound
Derivative terms: Roll

Definition of Drum roll

1. Noun. A sound produced by hitting a drum repeatedly and rhythmically over short intervals. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Drum Roll

drum brake
drum brakes
drum cadence
drum cadences
drum head
drum kit
drum kits
drum machine
drum major
drum majorette
drum majors
drum membrane
drum out
drum printer
drum roll (current term)
drum rolls
drum sander
drum set
drum sets
drum stick
drum sticks
drum up

Literary usage of Drum roll

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style Into Writer's Workshop by Jeff Anderson (2005)
"The colon is like a drum roll announcing what will follow. ... 1) —Susan Shreve, Blister The Colon—The drum roll of Punctuation I open with a sentence from ..."

2. The Technique of the Modern Orchestra: A Manual of Practical Instrumentation by Charles Marie Widor (1906)
"There is also the continuous roll, similar to the Kettle-drum roll; it is written like a shake, or like the tremolo of the Strings: or: care being taken, ..."

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