The drum is a percussion instrument.
- The definition of percussion is a type of musical instrument that is played by striking or shaking.
An example of percussion used as an adjective is in the phrase "percussion solo," which means a solo made for a drum.
- Percussion is defined as the sound or other impact of hitting of one thing against another.
- An example of a percussion is the sound of a car striking a tree.
- An example of percussion is the sound produced by a drum.
- the hitting or impact of one body against another, as the hammer of a firearm against a cap
- the shock, vibration, etc. resulting from this
- the percussion instruments of an orchestra, band, etc. or the players of these
- Med. the striking or tapping of the chest, back, etc. with the fingertips so as to determine from the sound produced the condition of internal organs
Origin of percussionClassical Latin percussio from percussus: see percuss
- designating a musical instrument in which the tone or sound is produced when some part of it is struck, as a drum, or shaken, as a tambourine or a maraca
- of or composed for percussion instruments: a percussion quartet
- The striking together of two bodies, especially when noise is produced.
- The sound, vibration, or shock caused by the striking together of two bodies.
- The act of detonating a percussion cap in a firearm.
- A method of medical diagnosis in which various areas of the body, especially the chest, back, and abdomen, are tapped to determine by resonance the condition of internal organs.
- Music a. The section of a band or orchestra composed of percussion instruments.b. Percussion instruments or their players considered as a group.
Origin of percussionLatin percussiō percussiōn- from percussus past participle of percutere to percuss ; see percuss .
(countable and uncountable, plural percussions)
- (countable) the collision of two bodies in order to produce a sound
- (countable) the sound so produced
- (countable) the detonation of a percussion cap in a firearm
- (medicine) the tapping of the body as an aid to medical diagnosis
- (music) the section of an orchestra or band containing percussion instruments; such instruments considered as a group
- (engineering) the repeated striking of an object to break or shape it, as in percussion drilling
From Latin percussiÅ (“striking"), from percutiÅ (“I strike").