• WordNet 3.6
    • n cymbal 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cymbal 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.
    • Cymbal A musical instrument used by gypsies and others, made of steel wire, in a triangular form, on which are movable rings.
    • Cymbal A musical instrument used by the ancients. It is supposed to have been similar to the modern kettle drum, though perhaps smaller.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cymbal One of a pair of concave plates of brass or bronze which, when struck together, produce a sharp, ringing sound: usually in the plural. Their size varies from little metallic castanets or finger-cymbals to large orchestral cymbals made to be used with the large or long drum. Instruments of the cymbal family are known from the earliest historic times. They are specially useful for rhythmic effect, though some experiments have been made with plates so shaped and used as to give tones of definite pitch.
    • n cymbal In organ-building, a mixture-stop of very high pitch.
    • n cymbal 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cymbal sim′bal a hollow brass, basin-like, musical instrument, beaten together in pairs
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  • Bible
    “Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. kubha, pot. Cf. Chime
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cymbalum—Gr. kymbanonkymbē, the hollow of a vessel.


In literature:

When the cymbals and kettledrums reechoed through all the courts, they deafened the ear.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
The deafening roar of Beelzebub, the clamor of horns and cymbals had drowned out the report.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
Full pews without that would make our church the sounding of brass and the tinkling of cymbal.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
The people of Nashville had made ready to greet him with the blare of bugles, waving flags, the clash of cymbals, and resounding cheers.
"Threads of Grey and Gold" by Myrtle Reed
The battle began with a signal from the cymbals and drums, the sound of the instruments and the singing growing deafening.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
A band of pipes, drums and cymbals sounded louder, and the four gentlemen whose acquaintance she had previously made, viz.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
The sound of cymbals and harps was presently heard from the distance.
"The Gold Sickle" by Eugène Sue
THOUGH I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become as sounding brass, and tinkling cymbal.
"A Translation of the New Testament from the original Greek" by T. Haweis
To Albert's home with shout and cymbal throng.
"Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion" by St. George Tucker
Charles, at the heart of this, stood enveloped, surrounded, by a drama like the sharp clash of cymbals.
"The Bright Shawl" by Joseph Hergesheimer

In poetry:

You shall dance round again,
Cymbals shall sound again,
Cymbals shall sound again,
Wildflowers be found
"The Booker Washington Trilogy" by Vachel Lindsay
They bound my blood-stain'd hands together,
They bound his corpse to nod by my side:
Then on we rode, in the bright March weather,
With clash of cymbals did we ride.
"Riding Together" by William Morris
And this house is love's abode."
The cymbal she hastens to play for the dance,
Well skill'd in its mazes the sight to entrance,
Then by her with grace is the nosegay bestow'd.
"The God And The Bayadere - An Indian Legend" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Farewell, ye stately palms!
Clashing your cymbal tones,
In thro' the mystic moans
Of pines at solemn psalms:
Ye myrtles, singing Love's inspired song,
We part, and part for long!
"Passing" by Frances Fuller Victor
Back they falter as the deep storm overtakes them,
Whelms them in splendid hollows of booming thunder,
Wraps them in rain, that, sweeping, breaks and onrushes
Ringing like cymbals.
"Night Hymns On Lake Nipigon" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Beneath the waving firs
The tinkling cymbals sound;
And as the wind the foliage stirs,
I see the dancers bound
Where the green branches, arched above,
Bend over this fair scene of love.
"A Song Of Savoy" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Embellishments are zills, the little finger cymbals used by belly dancer s, Panylyk's other part-time job.
Customers took this opportunity to trade in any and all cymbals they weren't using anymore, or to trade up from any entry-level cymbals they owned.
Amazing to hear cymbals all day long.
How many Cymbal crashes in Tchaik 4 192.
Artist's Choice: Matt Wilson's Favorite Ride Cymbal Melodies.
It's amazing how much music thrives through the sheer beauty of a jazz drummer's ride cymbal melody.
Gelmu Sherpa closes her eyes and gently sways to the ethereal chimes of Tibetan music, surrounded by Buddhist prayer flags, ceremonial cymbals and beaded jewelry.
Yeasayer's new album, Fragrant World, is different from their last album, 2010's Odd Blood, which was different from their first, 2007's All Hour Cymbals.
The beating of cymbals and drums is enough to drive the calmest guardian hysterical.
My band teacher said I was the best crash cymbal player she'd ever had.
Bob Mould + Cymbals Eat Guitars at Paradise Rock Club.
RICHMOND — Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
Billy Joel signs guitars, posters and cymbals backstage at the "12-12-12" Concert for Sandy Relief.
The section was awarded highest score overall and, in the standstill division, first place, best tenors, best basses and best cymbal line.
Playing every quarter-note at this tempo could have sounded frantic, but Vinnegar stays relaxed, mixing half-notes and quarters to hook up with Manne's splang-dang-alang ride cymbal pattern.