the rhythmic sound of a drum.

1850–55; drum1 + beat

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drumbeat (ˈdrʌmˌbiːt)
the sound made by beating a drum

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Example sentences
For those below the level of dean, or for faculty members who want to stay
  home, each detail may be another drumbeat of boredom.
The anti-infringement drumbeat is pounding ever more loudly.
The song begins with rudimentary stuff: three simple piano chords played over a
  synthetic drumbeat.
But there is a little more of a drumbeat now, and even the commentators remind
  you of it while you're watching.
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