per·​cus·​sive | \ pər-ˈkə-siv \

Definition of percussive

1 : of or relating to percussion especially : operative or operated by striking
2 : having powerful impact

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Other Words from percussive

percussively adverb
percussiveness noun

Examples of percussive in a Sentence

The song had a punchy, percussive rhythm.

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The pianist had a breezy feel in his right hand countered by percussive, modal chords in his left. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden’ by Charles Mingus Review: The Jazz Star’s Rocky Year," 5 Nov. 2018 The engine and exhaust has been tuned like a symphony orchestra—a sonorous roar punctuated by occasional percussive bursts. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "1,160 miles in 11 days: A grand tour with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio," 15 Aug. 2018 The percussive plugs are great for shooting sports, explosions, and sharp loud noise. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange Noise-Blocking Plugs That Custom-Fit Your Ears," 19 Oct. 2018 The cast keeps up the energy with clever use of the multilevel set, percussive instruments, and audience interaction in the aisles. Marissa Oberlander, Chicago Reader, "Chicago Shakespeare’s Peter Pan is a soaring delight for both kids and adults," 11 July 2018 The capacity audience of 1,800 was compelled to dance for much of the percussive 100-minute concert. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "David Byrne's utopic show at Kauffman Center had everyone dancing," 8 June 2018 His highly percussive touch, whether on a grand piano or a high-tech digital keyboard synthesizer, has long been one of his trademarks. George Varga,, "Chick Corea remains perpetually active: "I don't know what 'retire' means."," 17 Mar. 2018 The special achievement awards, created by renowned Canadian cymbal makers Sabian, are also a playable percussive instrument, incorporating five custom bronze crotales. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes, peermusic & Sarah McLachlan Honored at 29th Annual SOCAN Awards," 21 June 2018 Think of the percussive motion as a beating or hammering movement, versus just vibration. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "All About the TheraGun, the Self-Massage Device That's Taking Over Instagram," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of percussive

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of percussive was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of percussive

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

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