from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A percussion instrument consisting of a concave brass plate that makes a loud clashing tone when hit with a drumstick or when used in pairs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a concave plate of brass or bronze that produces a sharp, ringing sound when struck: played either in pairs, by striking them together, or singly by striking with a drumstick or the like.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A musical instrument used by the ancients. It is supposed to have been similar to the modern kettle drum, though perhaps smaller.
- n. A musical instrument of brass, shaped like a circular dish or a flat plate, with a handle at the back; -- used in pairs to produce a sharp ringing sound by clashing them together.
- n. A musical instrument used by gypsies and others, made of steel wire, in a triangular form, on which are movable rings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a pair of concave plates of brass or bronze which, when struck together, produce a sharp, ringing sound: usually in the plural.
- n. In organ-building, a mixture-stop of very high pitch.
- n. A musical instrument made of a piece of steel wire, in a triangular form, on which are passed several rings, which are touched and shifted along the triangle with an iron rod held in the right hand, while the cymbal is supported in the left by a cord. Also spelled symbal. Imp. Dict.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a percussion instrument consisting of a concave brass disk; makes a loud crashing sound when hit with a drumstick or when two are struck together
Woe to the land, the winged cymbal, which is beyond the rivers of
A '' 'cymbal' '' is a flat, metal [[percussion]] instrument that makes a loud, resonant sound when struck.
Something nicked me, like a mosquito bite, and I heard a staccato sound, like hail on a cymbal.
Drummer Wilson is astutely attune to the needs of the music as he seamlessly changes from brushes to sticks, from clashing hi hat to shimmering cymbal.
Mr. Williams rubs the side of his thumb against his bass strings adding tension to the eerie sound as Mr. Wilson adds further agitation by using apiece of chain to rub against his cymbal.
Fox talking head 2: In unrelated news: two drums and a cymbal fall off a cliff … duh doom pish.
Ghostly harmonium chords are picked at and prodded by Skarbø's rimshots, cymbal rustles, and scampering noises.
Howard doesn't do Rich Little impressions of his fellow drummers, but he may reference Tony Williams 'fireworks or Paul Motian's loose cymbal wash on their respective tunes, if only to note how their drumming serves the material they write.
So, what sounds like a drum machine snare, is actually a snare with a cymbal on top of it, and trying to recreate some of those dance sounds quite organically, and then afterwards, adding some of that synth quality.
Rochford's bell-like cymbal beat and quietly disguised rhythm-juggling provocations are among the delights of the contemporary British scene.