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[druhm-hed] /ˈdrʌmˌhɛd/
the membrane stretched upon a drum.
the top part of a capstan.
characteristic of a drumhead court-martial; carried out in summary fashion:
a drumhead execution.
Origin of drumhead
1615-25; drum1 + head Unabridged
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  • That part of a capstan round which the messenger is wound, including the drumhead.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The veil is stretched like a drumhead from the stem to the margin of the cap.

  • So they contended, and both were brought before the drumhead Court Martial.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
  • A pea on a drumhead is a restful object in comparison with Watson on that ice-hill.

  • There have been no drumhead or other courtmartials and none will take place while I am in command here in Dayton.

  • In the drumhead of a capstan, the holes receive the capstan-bars.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • All the rebel Sepoys and troopers who were captured, were collectively tried by a drumhead court-martial, and hanged.

    From Egypt to Japan Henry M. Field
  • The belching of powder and the roll of drumhead do not prove it.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • Well give him a drumhead court-martial, but it will be the quickest ever held on earth.

    Secret Service Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • "I wonder that you were not shot without any drumhead court-martial," said the Colonel.

    A Desert Drama A. Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for drumhead


(music) the part of a drum that is actually struck with a stick or the hand
the head of a capstan, pierced with holes for the capstan bars
another name for eardrum
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drumhead in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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