Drumhead Drum"head`, n. 1. The parchment or skin stretched over one end of a drum. [1913 Webster]

2. The top of a capstan which is pierced with sockets for levers used in turning it. See Illust. of {Capstan}. [1913 Webster]

{Drumhead court-martial} (Mil.), a summary court-martial called to try offenses on the battlefield or the line of march, when, sometimes, a drumhead has to do service as a writing table. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • drumhead — [drum′hed΄] n. the membrane stretched over the open end or ends of a drum …   English World dictionary

  • Drumhead — For other uses, see Drumhead (disambiguation). Drumhead mounted on a drum A drumhead is a membrane stretched over one or both of the open ends of a drum. The drumhead is struck with sticks, mallets, or hands so that it vibrates and the sound… …   Wikipedia

  • drumhead — /drum hed /, n. 1. the membrane stretched upon a drum. 2. the top part of a capstan. adj. 3. characteristic of a drumhead court martial; carried out in summary fashion: a drumhead execution. [1615 25; DRUM1 + HEAD] * * * …   Universalium

  • drumhead — n. 1 the skin or membrane of a drum. 2 an eardrum. 3 the circular top of a capstan. 4 (attrib.) improvised (drumhead court martial) …   Useful english dictionary

  • drumhead — noun Date: 1622 1. the material (as skin or plastic) stretched over one or both ends of a drum 2. the top of a capstan that is pierced with sockets for the levers used in turning it …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • drumhead — drum·head .hed n TYMPANIC MEMBRANE * * * drum·head (drumґhed) membrana tympanica …   Medical dictionary

  • drumhead — Synonyms and related words: bender, bloat, blotter, booze, boozehound, boozer, brannigan, bust, drunk, guzzler, inebriate, jag, lush, soak, sot, souse, spree, tear, tippler …   Moby Thesaurus

  • drumhead — n. flat surface of a drum, leather which is stretched over the top of a drum; head of a capstan (on a ship) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • drumhead — noun 1》 the membrane or skin of a drum. 2》 a winter cabbage of a flat topped variety. 3》 chiefly historical the circular top of a ship s capstan. adjective denoting a summary trial, as carried out by an army in the field …   English new terms dictionary

  • drumhead — drum•head [[t]ˈdrʌmˌhɛd[/t]] n. 1) mad the membrane stretched upon a drum 2) naut. navig. the top part of a capstan • Etymology: 1615–25 …   From formal English to slang

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