Definition of temple block in English:

temple block

noun

  • A percussion instrument consisting of a hollow block of wood which is struck with a stick.

    • ‘These temple blocks have an explosive but full sound.’
    • ‘The temple blocks sound pitches higher or lower, depending on their size.’
    • ‘The music is atmospheric without being intrusive: temple blocks provide necessary clatter.’
    • ‘The temple blocks and claves echo each other with a rhythmically identical pattern.’
    • ‘Softer than the sound produced by a temple block, the woodblock is a harsh and gritty instrument.’
    • ‘This percussion set is tuned to match the pitch of traditional Chinese temple blocks.’
    • ‘I need to borrow some temple blocks.’
    • ‘A set of five temple blocks are tuned to match the pitch of traditional Chinese temple blocks.’
    • ‘The temple block is a percussion instrument originating in China, Japan and Korea, where it is used in religious ceremonies.’