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cymbal


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cymbal  \Cym"bal\  (s[i^]m"bal).  n.  [OE.  cimbale,  simbale,  OF 
  cimbale,  F.  cymbale,  L.  cymbalum  fr  Gr  ky`mbalon,  fr 
  ky`mbh,  ky`mbos,  anything  hollow,  hollow  vessel,  basin,  akin 
  to  Skr.  kumbha  pot.  Cf  {Chime}.] 
  1.  A  musical  instrument  used  by  the  ancients.  It  is  supposed 
  to  have  been  similar  to  the  modern  kettle  drum,  though 
  perhaps  smaller. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  Note:  In  orchestras,  one  cymbal  is  commonly  attached  to  the 
  bass  drum,  and  the  other  heid  in  the  drummer's  left 
  hand,  while  his  right  hand  uses  the  drumstick. 
 
  3.  A  musical  instrument  used  by  gypsies  and  others  made  of 
  steel  wire,  in  a  triangular  form  on  which  are  movable 
  rings. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cymbal 
  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 




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