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beat + box

Noun

Singular
beatbox

Plural
es

beatbox (es)
  1. (music) A type of electronic percussion device.
    • 1992, Larkin, Colin, The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (ISBN 0851129390), Guiness, page 1340:
      Self-styled 'black gentleman vampire' who followed his cousin in to hip-hop by rapping in front of a beatbox for his first shows on Long Island, New York.
    • 1994, Sally Banes, Writing Dancing in the Age of Postmodernism (ISBN 0819562688), Wesleyan University Press, page 322:
      But by 1980 Fenley had collaborated with Mark Freedman on the high-energy, repetitive sound score for Energizer by manipulating a beatbox, the omnipresent instrument of late disco music.
    • 2004, Ed Gaskell, Make Your Own Music Video (ISBN 1578202582), CMP, page 26:
      Hip-hop took the language and made it graffiti—it was music video on a wall with a beatbox blowing its subwoofers next to it.

Verb

Infinitive
to beatbox

Third person singular
beatboxes

Simple past
beatboxed

Past participle
-

Present participle
beatboxing

to beatbox (third-person singular simple present beatboxes, present participle beatboxing, simple past and past participle beatboxed)
  1. (music) To use one’s mouth, lips, tongue, voice, etc. as a percussive instrument to create beats and rhythms for music, mainly hip hop.
    • 2001, William Upski Wimsatt, Bomb the Suburbs (ISBN 1887128964), Soft Skull Press, page 69:
      Hell, why do so many of us still breakdance? Why do so many of us still beatbox? The two most successful rappers to come out of Chicago, Common Sense and The Brat, had nothing to do with the city-wide hip-hop scene.
    • 2004, Neil Kulkarni, Hip Hop: Bring the Noise: The Stories Behind the Biggest Songs (ISBN 1560255862), Thunder's Mouth Press, page 43:
      Before you knew it, everyone, everywhere, was trying to copy Fresh's technique, and every rapper on the planet seemed intent on proving they could beatbox (with varying, occasionally embarrassing degrees of success).
    • 2005, Derek Beres, Global Beat Fusion: The History of the Future of Music (ISBN 0595348998), iUniverse, page 102:
      Turull, group elder, and Wright, the youngest, play off each other extraordinarily well, be it on cajon or when the latter jumps up to beatbox against Marina’s lyrical sidesteps.

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