Definition of drumbeat in US English:



  • A stroke or pattern of strokes on a drum.

    ‘she was aware of a constant, faint drumbeat’
    • ‘Characterized by hard-driving drumbeats, guitar-driven melodies and truly larynx-lacerating vocal work, this mix is your initiation to a genre of music that is heavier than a speeding locomotive.’
    • ‘The same interlocking melodies with the simplified drumbeats that serve as a backdrop are present in these recordings.’
    • ‘The clanking sounded systematic somehow; not rhythmic like a drumbeat in music, yet purposeful.’
    • ‘As the night melts in the heat of their music, the drumbeat reaches a crescendo.’
    • ‘When you listen to the drumbeat of a musical composition, it often seems that the drums are simply keeping time.’
    • ‘But the drumbeat, as the baritone voice of the narrator reminds the audience, is an inseparable part of African music.’
    • ‘The kids hit the sand, and the adults sway to guitar strums and drumbeats.’
    • ‘One mistake listed is that in one scene the hands of a man striking drums in the background do not match up to the drumbeat on the soundtrack.’
    • ‘The praises were embroidered with rhythmic drumbeats, flags waving in typical colours and the transcendental smell of burning vegetation that engulfed the gathering.’
    • ‘The steady drumbeats echoed through the vast ballroom.’
    • ‘Guitars pile up and echo over a prominent, somber bassline and a locked drumbeat.’
    • ‘The mix of eastern melodies with western drumbeats and guitar give the album and the band its very own pedestal in the music scene.’
    • ‘A couple of minutes later, voices struck up an accompaniment to the drumbeat.’
    • ‘When Kamal made his entry to the accompaniment of drumbeats, a frisson of excitement shot through the crowds.’
    • ‘The others joined in a second later, bashing out the bass line and the drumbeat with the force of a hurricane.’
    • ‘Eric Clapton's electric slide guitar and Peter Moore's acoustic guitar playing accentuate the silky keyboards, steady drumbeats, and ethereal vocals that define the record's musical persona.’
    • ‘We do this because in Africa it is the language of singing, music and drumbeats that we understand more than any language.’
    • ‘All too often, particularly in the early days of modern dance, the class was done to the simple rhythms of a drumbeat.’
    • ‘The sound is decent, notably the loud drumbeats in the music, but could still be better.’
    • ‘It quickly drops away to just Annie Hardy's innocent voice over a simple drumbeat and sunny synthesizer bass.’
    rumble, rumbling, boom, booming, roar, roaring, pounding, thud, thudding, thump, thumping, crash, crashing, bang, banging, ring, ringing, grumble, growl, resounding, reverberation, echo
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