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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Example sentences
It also features the inevitable whispering choir whose volume rises in the chorus and gets punctuated by a cymbal clap.
Instruments on the table include a xylophone, cymbal, drum and two drumsticks.
Periodic cymbal clashes or the knock of wooden clappers punctuated the drone.
Cymbal bronze is unique in that a balance of durability and timbre is needed.
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