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Drum vs Roller - What's the difference?

drum | roller |

As nouns the difference between drum and roller

is that drum is a percussive musical instrument spanned with a thin covering on at least one end for striking, forming an acoustic chamber, affecting what materials are used to make it while roller is Anything that rolls.

As a verb drum

is to beat a drum.

As a proper noun Roller is

a Rolls-Royce car.




(en noun)
  • A percussive musical instrument spanned with a thin covering on at least one end for striking, forming an acoustic chamber, affecting what materials are used to make it.
  • Any similar hollow, cylindrical object.
  • In particular, a barrel or large cylindrical container for liquid transport and storage.
  • The restaurant ordered ketchup in 50-gallon drums .
  • A social gathering or assembly held in the evening.
  • * 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, page 631:
  • Another misfortune which befel poor Sophia, was the company of Lord Fellamar, whom she met at the opera, and who attended her to the drum .
  • (architecture) The encircling wall that supports a dome or cupola
  • (architecture) Any of the cylindrical blocks that make up the shaft of a pillar
  • A drumfish.
  • (slang, UK) A person's home.
  • A tip, a piece of information.
  • * 1985 , (Peter Carey), Illywhacker , Faber and Faber 2003, page 258:
  • ‘he is the darndest little speaker we got, so better sit there and listen to him while he gives you the drum and if you clean out your earholes you might get a bit of sense into your heads.’

    Derived terms

    * bass drum * drum and bass * drum beat * drum brake * drum kit * drummer * drum roll * drumstick * drum stick * hand drum * kettledrum * snare drum * tenor drum

    See also

    * percussion


  • To beat a drum.
  • (ambitransitive) To beat with a rapid succession of strokes.
  • The ruffed grouse drums with his wings.
  • * Washington Irving
  • drumming with his fingers on the arm of his chair
  • To drill or review in an attempt to establish memorization.
  • He’s still trying to drum Spanish verb conjugations into my head.
  • To throb, as the heart.
  • (Dryden)
  • To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc.; used with for .
  • Derived terms

    * drummer




    (en noun)
  • (lb) Anything that rolls.
  • #Any rotating cylindrical device that is part of a machine, especially one used to apply or reduce pressure.
  • #A person who rolls something, as in "cigar roller".
  • #(lb) A heavy rolling device used to flatten the surface of the pitch.
  • #A cylindrical tool for applying paint or ink.
  • #An agricultural machine used for flattening land and breaking up lumps of earth.
  • #One of a set of small cylindrical tubes used to curl hair.
  • #A roller towel.
  • #A small wheel, as of a caster, a roller skate, etc.
  • #Any insect whose larva rolls up leaves.
  • #Any of the small ground snakes of the family .
  • A long wide bandage used in surgery.
  • A large, wide, curling wave that falls back on itself as it breaks on a coast.
  • *
  • *:He and Gerald usually challenged the rollers in a sponson canoe when Gerald was there for the weekend?; or, when Lansing came down, the two took long swims seaward or cruised about in Gerald's dory, clad in their swimming-suits?; and Selwyn's youth became renewed in a manner almost ridiculous,.
  • (lb) A bird.
  • #A breed or variety of roller pigeon that rolls (i.e. tumbles or somersaults) backwards (compare Penson roller, Birmingham roller, tumbler, tumbler pigeon, English Short Faced Tumbler, English Long Faced Tumbler).
  • #Any of various aggressive birds, of the family Coraciidae, having bright blue wings and hooked beaks.
  • (also written Roller) A car made by Rolls-Royce.
  • The police (old blues slang).
  • A padded surcingle that is used on horses for training and vaulting.
  • A roll of titles or (especially) credits played over film or video; television or film credits.
  • *2006 , (Clive James), North Face of Soho , Picador 2007, p. 69:
  • *:I learned a lot from watching, but the part that I should have studied harder was the roller . The names of the writers went on for ever.
  • Derived terms

    * light roller * heavy roller * hair roller * high roller * paint roller * road roller * roller bearing * roller bed * roller blade, rollerblade * roller coaster * roller shutter * roller skate * steam roller, steamroller


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