Definition of percussive
1 : of or relating to percussion; especially : operative or operated by striking
2 : having powerful impact
Examples of percussive in a Sentence
The song had a punchy, percussive rhythm.
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As a mainstay of the San Diego jazz scene, veteran drummer Richard Sellers has provided solid percussive support to an array of artists.
Mr. Lewiston recorded the ethereal percussive sounds of the traditional Balinese ensembles known as gamelans.
Mr. Allman’s percussive Hammond B-3 organ playing helped anchor the Allman Brothers’ rhythm section and provided a chuffing counterpoint to the often heated musical interplay between his brother and the band’s other lead guitarist, Dickey Betts.
Instead of lyricism and warmth (or, for that matter, an encore), Perahia treated his crowd to percussive sparkle.
The performance was complete with percussive dance moves and flames, adding to her already fiery delivery.
Moreover, percussive sounds like pile drivers and slamming dumpster lids confused the software, triggering alerts when no shots had been fired.
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Definition of percussive for English Language Learners
: of or relating to a percussion instrument or to the sounds that a percussion instrument makes
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