American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various small-headed drums, usually long and narrow, that are beaten with the hands.
- n. A monotonous rhythmical drumbeat or similar sound.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A circular dye-vat constructed in such a way that a series of upright mallets may be made to pound upon the material placed within it and thus work the dye-liquor well into the fiber. Largely used in hosierydyeing, particularly in the application of aniline black.
- n. In India, the drum used by musicians, jugglers, public criers, etc.
- n. Same as gong, 1.
- To beat on a tom-tom.
- n. onomatopoeia A small joined pair of drums, beaten with the hands.
- n. usually as a pair Any cylindrical drum, with no snare; part of a drum kit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See tam-tam.
- n. any of various drums with small heads
- Hindi ṭamṭam, probably of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The shortcut may be setting yourself up for a trance by entrainment with a metronome-like pitter-patter of a tom-tom drum.”
“From his lead-singer position Mr. Clausen plays a tom-tom, a crash cymbal and an electronic drum pad, and frequently wanders over to bang on a drum kit with Mr. Husmer.”
“The stone came down with a thump on the white meat, and thereafter arose and fell in a sort of tom-tom accompaniment to the poet's song:”
“I can play one beat on a tom-tom, and that might set me off.”
“And headlining at midnight, the cocky and excellent Thee Satisfaction with a new batch of tom-tom computer beats.”
“From the living room floor where she sat, cross-legged, with her tom-tom drum on her lap and the bottle set out before her, the Mysteress began her song-chant.”
“I used brushes on the snare drum with my right hand and a soft mallet on the tom-tom with my left," he said.”
“Then I'd hit the floor tom-tom on the same beat as the snare.”
“Its brilliantly evoked opening describes a shabby rooming house in which "spacious rooms had been sliced to cubicles where the staccato chatter of the inmates, relayed like tom-tom messages, mingled with the crash of irreconcilable radios.”
“Enough banging on that particular tom-tom for now.”
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