cymbal

[sim-buhl]
noun
a concave plate of brass or bronze that produces a sharp, ringing sound when struck: played either in pairs, by being struck together, or singly, by being struck with a drumstick or the like.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English cymbala < Medieval Latin, variant of cymbalum < Latin < Greek kýmbalon, variant of kýmbos, kýmbē hollow object

cymbaler, cymbaleer, cymbalist, noun
cymballike, adjective
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cymbal (ˈsɪmbəl)
 
n
a percussion instrument of indefinite pitch consisting of a thin circular piece of brass, which vibrates when clashed together with another cymbal or struck with a stick
 
[Old English cymbala, from Medieval Latin, from Latin cymbalum, from Greek kumbalon, from kumbē something hollow]
 
'cymbaler
 
n
 
cymbal'eer
 
n
 
'cymbalist
 
n
 
'cymbal-like
 
adj

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cymbal
O.E. cimbal + O.Fr. cymbale, both from L. cymbalum, Gk. kymbalon "a cymbal," from kymbe "bowl, drinking cup."
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cymbal definition


A large, round metal plate used as a percussion instrument. Cymbals can be crashed together in pairs or struck singly with a drumstick, and they are used in dance bands, jazz bands, and orchestras.

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Cymbals definition


(Heb. tzeltzelim, from a root meaning to "tinkle"), musical instruments, consisting of two convex pieces of brass one held in each hand, which were clashed together to produce a loud clanging sound; castanets; "loud cymbals." "Highsounding cymbals" consisted of two larger plates, one held also in each hand (2 Sam. 6:5; Ps. 150:5; 1 Chr. 13:8; 15:16, 19, 28; 1 Cor. 13:1).

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Example sentences
He arrived with a number of monks who brought trumpets, drums, and cymbals.
The cacophony of prayers, drums, and cymbals echoed night and day.
They shuffled up the aisle, wary, clanking with cymbals tied to their knees and
  bells attached to the tips of their shoes.
The sizzle of cymbals and transient snap of sticks hitting drums are startling
  in their accuracy and effortlessness.
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