\ ˈhī-ˈhat How to pronounce high-hat (audio) \

Definition of high-hat

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high hat


Definition of high hat (Entry 2 of 2)

2 or hi-hat \ ˈhī-​ˈhat How to pronounce high hat (audio) \ : a pair of cymbals operated by a foot pedal

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Synonyms: Adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Deja stifled a yawn and cranked up her music; the warring bass and high hat thrummed in her chest and kept her mostly awake. Brittany N. Williams, NOLA.com, "Rentre: A story of possession," 26 Oct. 2020 The song -- a frenetic trap banger built from buzzy synths and high hat -- debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 on March 2, 2013, the same week Billboard started factoring YouTube streaming data into the chart's methodology. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Songs That Defined the Decade: Baauer, 'Harlem Shake'," 21 Nov. 2019 Here comes one now, rattling catastrophically, like Max Roach whaling on the high hat. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "The Grocery Store Where Produce Meets Politics," 18 Nov. 2019 The disco-pop track is about as close as Mitski has come to mainstream radio fare, with its bubbly beat, toe-tap-ready high hat and her sweet croon recalling another era. Raisa Bruner, Time, "5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week," 29 June 2018 The bouncy instrumental, produced by Kato on the Track, features Wright showcasing a more staccato flow over a high hats and quick synths. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Dizzy Wright Encourages Yoga Enthusiasts to Show Off Their Best Moves in 'Hit Em With a Pose': Premiere," 6 June 2018 The mid driver is for the vocal-type stuff, and the tweeter gets the high hats, sibilance, all that. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The Best New Gadgets and Tech of 2017," 1 Dec. 2017 Marshmello’s influence can be heard in the song through subtle trap elements, like the triple high hats buzzing beneath the smoky atmosphere. Caitlin Kelley, Billboard, "Fans React to Selena Gomez's New Song, 'Wolves'," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of high-hat


1924, in the meaning defined above


1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of high-hat was in 1885

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“High-hat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-hat. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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