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 percussive massage tool, which is designed to enhance muscle recovery, release tension and soothe discomfort, ranges in price from the mini at $199 to the Theragun PRO at $599. Jeff Fedotin, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The instrumental ensemble creates an eerie atmosphere, often with creepy harmonies and harmonics and strange percussive effects from everyone, not just percussion. Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2021 The band gathered percussive objects: containers wrapped with rubber bands, empty oilcans filled with dirt, rattling seedpods that Apple had baked in her oven. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Perseverance has a system to obtain and store samples that uses a hollow coring bit as well as a percussive drill. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 6 Aug. 2021 Surrealist imagery abounds in the video for this percussive, frenetic single, which boasts dunces and jesters a'plenty, in addition to a book flitting through the air like a butterfly. Billboard, 29 July 2021 On sampling day, the sampling arm within the Adaptive Caching Assembly will retrieve a sample tube, heat it and insert it into a coring bit before the bit carousel takes the tube and bit to a rotary-percussive drill on Perseverance's robotic arm. Julia Musto, Fox News, 22 July 2021 An autopsy Monday indicated the cause of death was a percussive injury to internal organs as a result of a fireworks blast. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 8 July 2021 The sleek, more feminine design and slightly softer pressure set this percussive massager apart from the rest. Kate Addicott, Forbes, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use of percussive

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Percussive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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