of, relating to, or characterized by percussion.

Origin of percussive

First recorded in 1785–95; percuss(ion) + -ive
Related formsper·cus·sive·ly, adverbper·cus·sive·ness, nounnon·per·cus·sive, adjectiveun·per·cus·sive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of percussive

  • The missiles took flight with a high-pitched whine and landed with a percussive boom.

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    June 5, 2009

Historical Examples of percussive

British Dictionary definitions for percussive



of, caused by, or relating to percussion
Derived Formspercussively, adverbpercussiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for percussive

1735, from Latin percuss-, past participle stem of percutere (see percussion) + -ive.

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