beatbox

noun
beat·​box | \ ˈbēt-ˌbäks How to pronounce beatbox (audio) \

Definition of beatbox

: an electronic device that adds a backbeat, manipulates sounds, and mimics musical instruments

Examples of beatbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To these performers, add the beatbox sound effects superman Chris Sullivan, and your dial is tuned to adoring. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Miranda and company devise raps on the spot. And you’re in your happy place.," 3 Oct. 2019 The current lineup consists of Veneziale, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Andrew Bancroft, the beatbox wiz Chris Sullivan (who goes by Shockwave), and, providing musical backup, Arthur Lewis and Bill Sherman—plus drop-ins by Miranda and others. Adam Green, Vogue, "Hamilton’s Thomas Kail Returns to His Improv Roots with Freestyle Love Supreme," 10 Sep. 2019 Jeff Faughender, Louisville Courier Journal Watching Raul Lopez beatbox is like watching an entire song unfold in front of you. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "This Louisville-based beatboxer was ranked in the top 5 in the nation," 8 Aug. 2019 The designs depict black men playing basketball, a couple dancing to a beatbox wearing traditional colonial garb, black women braiding each others’ hair, and girls playing double dutch. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "The History Behind The Star Print of Dior's Latest Swimsuit Collection, Toile de Jouy," 12 June 2019 The pair traded beatbox recordings, notes, mood boards and sticky notes between day jobs and other commitments. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Houston duo Bling St. finds inspiration in the '80s," 25 Oct. 2017 During Yuri Basho Lane's beatbox musical short Make Peace, a toddler adjacent to me stomped to the rhythm, her light-up sneaker soles pulsating flashes to the beat. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "Collaboraction’s Peacebook performance festival tackles an ‘epidemic of inequity’," 30 Aug. 2017 To emphasize that last point, Doug E. Fresh will appear Oct. 5 in probably the IMA's first old-school beatbox concert. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "10 new things Indy arts and pop culture geeks should check out this fall," 28 Aug. 2017 This beatbox show includes audience participation and improvisation, and covers topics of hip-hop culture, language, math and music. Washington Post, "D.C. community events, July 13-19, 2017," 12 July 2017

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Beatbox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beatbox. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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