from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by percussion.

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  • adj. characterized by percussion; caused by or related to the action of striking or pounding something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Striking against; percutient.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to percussion or a light sharp stroke; striking; striking against something.
  • n. Specifically, in music, an instrument of percussion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving percussion or featuring percussive instruments


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  • The place was packed and noisy, with chopsticks clicking against plates in percussive counterpoint to the boisterous conversations.

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  • Friday’s artist is also interested in percussive string instruments but favors the harp over the piano.

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  • The whip-like, in-a-trance polyrhythm of "Snakecharming the Masses" recalls the percussive sounds they heard during their musical journeys in Istanbul. Celeb News

  • This multimedia journey across Planet Hip-Hop is described as a percussive call-and-response with turntablist DJ Excess and multi-instrumentalist Ajayi Jackson, accompanied by video by Eli Jacobs Fantauzzi.


  • I want to see what shadows are cast by a Calder mobile dangling from an ear, or to hear what kind of percussive music it creates.

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  • It helped me to develop this kind of percussive - intricate, percussive style.

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  • The more acceleration, the more transient noise and therefore the more "percussive" is the resulting sound.

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  • The greatest thing about this picture, adapted from a novel by "William Irish" (a pen name for Cornell Woolrich) is its completely invented reality which, while certainly informed by German Expressionism, spins off into a realm of horrific hilarity, as in the picture's legendary "jazz drummer" sequence, wherein Raines, dolled up and playing hep-kitten, eggs on hopped-up Elisha Cook Jr. (who has information that could exonerate Raines 'boss) to a kind of percussive orgasm.

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  • As a pianist who gravitated to the "percussive" players (see above), I also gravitated to the rhythmic side of Indian music.


  • Dave Matthews or Scott Denté, who have more of a "percussive" approach.

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