drumhead

[druhm-hed]
noun
1.
the membrane stretched upon a drum.
2.
the top part of a capstan.
adjective
3.
characteristic of a drumhead court-martial; carried out in summary fashion: a drumhead execution.

Origin:
1615–25; drum1 + head

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drumhead (ˈdrʌmˌhɛd)
 
n
1.  music the part of a drum that is actually struck with a stick or the hand
2.  the head of a capstan, pierced with holes for the capstan bars
3.  another name for eardrum

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drumhead drum·head (drŭm'hěd')
n.
See eardrum.

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Example sentences
Within hours a drumhead court of officers, awakened in the middle of the night, condemned them.
As the drumhead and lacing dried, the head grew taught, giving the drum its voice.
If asphalt material is furnished in drums, the amount in each drum shall be stenciled plainly on the drumhead by the producer.
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