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 percussi&omacron;, percussi&omacron;n-, 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").