percussion instrument

noun

Definition of percussion instrument

: a musical instrument (such as a drum, xylophone, or maraca) sounded by striking, shaking, or scraping

Examples of percussion instrument in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each line corresponds to a percussion instrument, chosen by the performer. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 The actual origin story of the melodic percussion instrument, however, is debated. Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 Kourtney, 42, shared a photo and clips of her boyfriend, 45, teaching her daughter how to play the percussion instrument as part of her birthday tribute to the now-9-year-old. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 9 July 2021 The berimbau is a single-string 5-foot tall percussion instrument that originated in sub-Saharan Africa, and is now commonly used in Brazil. Kathy Cichon, chicagotribune.com, 8 July 2021 Rhythm Tap dancing where the tap becomes an integral percussion instrument and the performers riff and improvise off each other. courant.com, 21 May 2021 The cast also revisits how taping night was always a party, with everyone grabbing a percussion instrument to hype up the crowd. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 13 Nov. 2020 The boulder field is basically an 8-acre percussion instrument. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2020 That’s the surgical-looking percussion instrument that, once shaken and bent, can sound like a triangle on a cartoon acid trip. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of percussion instrument

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of percussion instrument was in 1872

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24 Nov 2021

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“Percussion instrument.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/percussion%20instrument. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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