per·​cus·​sive | \ pər-ˈkə-siv How to pronounce percussive (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The hyper-percussive subgenre, pioneered by producers such as Tim Dolla and DJ Tameil, and reflecting the Black and Latino communities of Newark, continues to advance outward from its home in the Garden State. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "The Whitewashing of Black Music on TikTok," 9 Sep. 2020 The Theragun Elite lives up to its name as a premium percussive device in design, performance and price. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Your guide to finding the right Theragun massage gun for you," 28 Aug. 2020 The trio began a serenade in C major by Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi, the frenetic, almost percussive bowing blending with the exhaust note of a passing sports car. Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, "Unable to open its concert hall, New York Philharmonic brings its music to the streets," 29 Aug. 2020 Despite this, the Mini provided us with enough percussive power for a relaxing massage. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Your guide to finding the right Theragun massage gun for you," 28 Aug. 2020 Therabody has donated over 300 percussive therapy devices to hospital break rooms around the world. James Barrett, Redbook, "Inspirational Stories That Remind Us That There's Still a Lot of Good in the World," 9 June 2020 Lately -- starting about two to three weeks ago, people have been setting off heavy-duty, ashcan-type fireworks around 8 pm that explode with huge percussive power, as well as bottle rockets and traditional starburst Chrysanthemums. The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor with Gene Weingarten," 16 June 2020 Therabody's percussive therapy devices help soothe achy muscles. Medea Giordano, Wired, "The Best Theragun Devices to Buy (and Which to Avoid)," 7 June 2020 The percussive therapy device works on everything from your feet to your neck. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "45 Father's Day Gifts for the Travel-Loving Dad Stuck at Home This Summer," 5 June 2020

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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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14 Sep 2020

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“Percussive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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