• WordNet 3.6
    • n drumbeat a vehement and vociferous advocacy of a cause "the warmongers kept up their drumbeat on Iraq"
    • n drumbeat (military) the beating of a drum as a signal for lowering the flag at sundown
    • n drumbeat the sound made by beating a drum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Drumbeat The sound of a beaten drum; drum music. "Whose morning drumbeat , following the sun, and keeping company with the hours, circles the earth with one continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n drumbeat The sound of a drum.
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In literature:

Then the drumbeats subsided and faintly marked the rhythm of the singing.
"Old Indian Legends" by Zitkala-Sa
This sort of ostrich fury is common enough among the regular drumbeaters of the Irish agitation.
"Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (2 of 2) (1888)" by William Henry Hurlbert
Shall the grasshopper repress his drumbeats For small envy of the kingbird's chime?
"Behind the Arras" by Bliss Carman
And the drumbeat, bringing it back, ran like a fever pulse in a man's blood.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
The sharp drumbeats from the French ships, the lighting up of open ports, the burning of blue lights, showed Blackwood what was in progress.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
At the first sound of the drumbeat, the people knew what it meant.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Even at this distance Simon could hear the drumbeat and the overseer calling count.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Think of the solemn drumbeat there will be at Yorktown!
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
It sounded like the drumbeat of unsilenced exploders.
"Pirates of the Gorm" by Nat Schachner
The drumbeat, with the clanging bell, was breaking the stillness of the early morning.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin

In news:

Says "blatant drumbeat" against stimulus on right wing radio doesn't reflect reality.
What do you get when you cross a demon, a daisy and a drumbeat.
The omnipresent drumbeat surrounding Michigan State's 2012 football team suggests that this is a year that could turn into something special.
Top row, women who dress to their own drumbeat: from left, chiffon and fox over a bodysuit tattoo.
Do the drumbeaters calling for 'war with Iran' never learn from history.
Confronting bullying, one drumbeat at a time.
SEOUL (AP) — North Korea warned Wednesday of a " thousand-fold " military retaliation against the US and its allies if provoked, the latest threat in a drumbeat of rhetoric in defense of its rogue nuclear program.
African ensemble will bring thunderous drumbeats, dancing to Merrill.
Every day we hear the steady drumbeat.
They have a similar drumbeat.
Drumbeats welcome mourners who lined up to attend the memorial.
As the national drumbeat builds for.
The drumbeats started soon after Sunday's loss to Atlanta, the murmuring in the distance that Michael Vick would be replaced as the first-team quarterback when the Eagles begin practicing to play the New Orleans Saints.
The passing of Neil Armstrong , an American treasure and icon, seems lost in the steady drumbeat of electoral rhetoric and the 24-hour news cycle.
The Scottish actor not only cooks up his own drumbeat, he'll do it with a spatula and a saucepan if need be.