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 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 The kora, too, is a stringed instrument with a largely percussive charter. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 15 Mar. 2018 That style — with its shout-along refrains — has always been heavily percussive, with a touch of hip-hop in the rhythms of Reynolds’ phrasing, and even the suggestion of 21st-century work songs in the stomp of the music. John Adamian,, "Imagine Dragons Coming To Xfinity Theater," 26 May 2018 In bringing all these companies together each year, CHRP artistic director Lane Alexander aims to put percussive dance styles side-by-side to show that rhythmic dance is a unifying force linking cultures together. Lauren Warnecke,, "Stomping Grounds: Free evening of percussive dance in beautiful Garfield Park — what's not to like?," 23 May 2018 Next is an extended, percussive-heavy take from Latroit with plenty of strange synth stutter. Kat Bein, Billboard, "deadmau5's 'mau5ville: level 1' Brings A Range Of Sounds, Emotions: Listen," 13 July 2018 Celebrate barbecue and country music at Windy City Smokeout, Chinese culture at Chinatown Summer Fair and tap and percussive dance at Rhythm World this week in Chicago. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this week: Southport Arts Festival, Chinatown Summer Fair, Rhythm World," 11 July 2018 Smith can play with a percussive thrust or a gentle airy feel. Courant Staff,, "Things To Do This Week," 9 July 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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