from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small joined pair of drums, beaten with the hands.
- n. Any cylindrical drum, with no snare; part of a drum kit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See tam-tam.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat on a tom-tom.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various drums with small heads
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.