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a percussion instrument of indefinite pitch consisting of a thin circular piece of brass, which vibrates when clashed together with another cymbal or struck with a stick
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



an orchestral percussion instrument consisting of a brass disk 400 mm in diameter with a leather strap attached to the center on the outside. When struck together in pairs, cymbals produce a prolonged ringing sound.

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The high profile nature of the summit will enhance the effect of my message," said Dr Becken, who currently leads two government-funded tourism programmes in New Zealand.
Dr Becken will reveal to conference delegates why two New Zealand government funded tourism research projects she manages - 'Tourism and Oil' and 'Preparing the Tourism Sector for Climate Change' - are applicable in the Middle East.
Dr Becken said New Zealand's image as a clean, green country has kept it at the forefront as a travel destination of choice for holiday makers, and this is something Middle East countries can aspire to.