[ sim-buhl ]
/ ˈsɪm bəl /
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.
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Origin of cymbal
before 900; Middle English; Old English cymbala<Medieval Latin, variant of cymbalum<Latin <Greek kýmbalon, variant of kýmbos, kýmbē hollow object
OTHER WORDS FROM cymbalcym·bal·er, cym·bal·eer, cym·bal·ist, nouncym·bal·like, adjective
Words nearby cymbal
, cyma recta
, cyma reversa
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Example sentences from the Web for cymbal
Duchess in perspective though you be, you will own some day that these are but as a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.
That power is love, without which though we have all else we are but as "sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal."
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
Derived forms of cymbalcymbaler, cymbaleer or cymbalist, nouncymbal-like, adjective
Word Origin for cymbal
Old English cymbala, from Medieval Latin, from Latin cymbalum, from Greek kumbalon, from kumbē something hollow
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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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