Dictionary: DRUG'STER – DRUSE

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A druggist. [Not used.] – Boyle.

DRU'ID, n. [Ir. draoi, formerly drui, a magician, a druid; plur. draoithe; Sax. dry, a magician; W. derwyz, {derwyth,} which Owen supposes to be a compound of dar, derw, an oak, and gwyz, knowledge, presence. The Welsh derivation accords with that of Pliny, who supposes the druids were so called, because they frequented or instructed in the forest, or sacrificed under an oak. But some uncertainty rests on this subject.]

A priest or minister of religion, among the ancient Celtic nations in Gaul, Britain and Germany. The druids possessed some knowledge of geometry, natural philosophy, &c., superintended the affairs of religion and morality, and performed the office of judges. – Owen. Encyc.


A female Druid.


Pertaining to the druids.


Pertaining to or like Druids.


The system of religion, philosophy and instruction taught by the druids, or their doctrines, rites and ceremonies. – Whitaker. Christ. Observer.

DRUM, n. [D. trom, trommel; G. trommel; Sw. trumma; Dan. tromme; Ir. druma; probably from its sound, and the root of rumble, Gr. βρεμω, L. fremo. See Class Rm, No. 10, 11.]

  1. A martial instrument of music, in form of a hollow cylinder, and covered at the ends with vellum, which is stretched or slackened at pleasure.
  2. In machinery, a short cylinder revolving on an axis, generally for the purpose of turning several small wheels, by means of straps passing round its periphery. – Cyc.
  3. The drum of the ear, the tympanum, or barrel of the ear; the hollow part of the ear, behind the membrane of the tympanium. The latter is a tense membrane, which closes the external passage of the ear, and receives the vibrations of the air. – Hooper.
  4. A quantity packed in the form of a drum; as, a drum of figs.
  5. Sheet-iron in the shape of a drum, to receive heat from a stove pipe.

DRUM, v.i.

  1. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum.
  2. To beat with the fingers, as with drum-sticks; to beat with a rapid succession of strokes; as, to drum on the table.
  3. To beat as the heart. – Dryden.

DRUM, v.t.

To expel with beat of drum. – Military phrase.

DRUM'BLE, v.i.

To drone; to be sluggish. [Not in use.] – Shak.


A fish, found on the coast of North America.

DRUM'LY, a. [W. trom, heavy.]

Thick; stagnant; muddy. [Not in use.]


The chief or first drummer of a regiment.


One who makes drums.


One whose office is to beat the drum, in military exercises and marching; one who drums.


Beating a drum; expelling with beat of drum.


The stick with which a drum is beaten, or shaped for the purpose of beating a drum.

DRUNK, a. [from drunken. See Drink.]

  1. Intoxicated; inebriated; overwhelmed or overpowered by spirituous liquor; stupefied or inflamed by the action of spirit on the stomach and brain. It is brutish to be drunk. Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess. – St. Paul.
  2. Drenched, or saturated with moisture or liquor. I will make my arrows drunk with blood. – Deut. xxxii. Note. Drunk was formerly used as the participle of drink; as, he had drunk wine. But in modern usage, drank has taken its place; and drunk is now used chiefly as an adjective.


One given to ebriety or an excessive use of strong liquor; a person who habitually or frequently is drunk. A drunkard and a glutton shall come to poverty. – Prov. xxiii.

DRUNK'EN, a. [drunk'n; participle of drink, but now used chiefly as an adjective, and often contracted to drunk.]

  1. Intoxicated; inebriated with strong liquor.
  2. Given to drunkenness; as, a drunken butler.
  3. Saturated with liquor or moisture; drenched. Let the earth be drunken with our blood. – Shak.
  4. Proceeding from intoxication; done in a state of drunkenness; as, a drunken quarrel. – Swift. A drunken slaughter. – Shak.


In a drunken manner. [Little used.] – Shak.


  1. Intoxication; inebriation; a state in which a person is overwhelmed or overpowered with spirituous liquors, so that his reason is disordered, and he reels or staggers in walking. Drunkenness renders some persons stupid, others gay, others sullen, others furious. Let us walk honestly as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness. – St. Paul.
  2. Habitual ebriety or intoxication. – Watts.
  3. Disorder of the faculties resembling intoxication by liquors; inflammation; frenzy; rage. Passion is the drunkenness of the mind. – Spenser.


  1. Producing drupes; as, drupaceous trees.
  2. Pertaining to drupes; or consisting of drupes; as, drupaceous fruit. – Asiat. Researches.

DRUPE, n. [L. drupæ, Gr. δρυπεπης, olives ready to fall; Gr. δρυς, a tree, and πιπτω, to fall.]

In botany, a pulpy pericarp or fruit without valves, containing a nut or stone with a kernel; as the plum, cherry, apricot, peach, almond, olive, &c. – Martyn.

DRUSE, n. [G. druse, a gland, glanders.]

Among miners, a cavity in a rock having its interior surface studded with crystals, or filled with water.