percussion instrument
noun Date: 1872 a musical instrument (as a drum, xylophone, or maraca) sounded by striking, shaking, or scraping

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  • percussion instrument — a musical instrument, as the drum, cymbal, triangle, xylophone, or piano, that is struck to produce a sound, as distinguished from string or wind instruments. [1870 75] * * * A musical instrument that is struck (or sometimes shaken or scraped) to …   Universalium

  • percussion instrument — noun a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another • Syn: ↑percussive instrument • Hypernyms: ↑musical instrument, ↑instrument • Hyponyms: ↑bones, ↑castanets, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • percussion instrument — percus′sion in strument n. mad a musical instrument, as the drum, cymbal, triangle, xylophone, or piano, that is struck to produce a sound, as distinguished from a string or wind instrument • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

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  • percussion instrument — noun An instrument in which the sound is produced by striking, scraping or shaking an object …   Wiktionary

  • Melodic percussion instrument — Vibraphone and mallets A melodic percussion instrument, is a musical instrument that produces notes by striking it with sticks or hands, and that can produce musical scales. This type of instruments comprises a set of tongues, bars, tubes or… …   Wikipedia

  • Zhu (percussion instrument) — The zhu (Chinese: ; pinyin: zhù) was a percussion instrument used in the Confucian court ritual music of ancient China. It consisted of a wooden box (which was often painted red or otherwise decorated) that tapered from the top to the bottom, and …   Wikipedia

  • Geophone (percussion instrument) — The geophone is a percussion instrument, invented by the French composer Olivier Messiaen for use in his piece for piano and orchestra Des canyons aux étoiles... ( From the canyons to the stars hellip; ). It consists of a drum filled with… …   Wikipedia

  • Yu (percussion instrument) — The yu ( zh. ; pinyin: yǔ) was a wooden percussion instrument carved in the shape of a tiger with a serrated back comprising 27 teeth, used since ancient times in China for Confucian court ritual music. It was played by striking its head three… …   Wikipedia

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