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[per-kuhs-iv] /pərˈkʌs ɪv/
of, pertaining to, or characterized by percussion.
1785-95; percuss(ion) + -ive
Related forms
percussively, adverb
percussiveness, noun
nonpercussive, adjective
unpercussive, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for percussive
  • Press a button and the icons begin to throb to a chorus of percussive pops keyed to real data about eruption types and magnitudes.
  • There are dozens of presets to play with, from percussive sounds to soothing string sounds to ominous drones.
  • Admire the immensely powerful falls, amid the blast and spray and percussive, gut-thumping crash of exploding white water.
  • The enormous telescreen flashed into life, accompanied by the percussive sounds of a-tonal music, dark and brooding.
  • Cymbals track to the color notes already handled by drum pads, but add to the percussive realism.
  • He opened with highly composed music with sparse notes, then transitioned into more percussive, spastic improvisations.
  • But she had a lusciously capable voice, a unique sense of melody, and a percussive style at the piano-her main accompaniment.
  • He had a heavy mustache and a pipe smoker's percussive cough.
  • He closed his eyes and began making a series of percussive noises with his mouth.
  • But its common denominator remained a driving percussive dance rhythm.
British Dictionary definitions for percussive


of, caused by, or relating to percussion
Derived Forms
percussively, adverb
percussiveness, noun
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