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percussive

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adjective per·cus·sive \pər-ˈkə-siv\

Simple Definition of percussive

  • : of or relating to a percussion instrument or to the sounds that a percussion instrument makes

Full Definition of percussive

  1. 1 :  of or relating to percussion; especially :  operative or operated by striking

  2. 2 :  having powerful impact

per·cus·sive·ly adverb
per·cus·sive·ness noun

Examples of percussive

  1. The song had a punchy, percussive rhythm.



1793

First Known Use of percussive

1793

Rhymes with percussive


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