Percussion meaning

pər-kŭsh'ən
The striking together of two bodies, especially when noise is produced.
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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.

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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.

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The sound, vibration, or shock caused by the striking together of two bodies.
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The act of detonating a percussion cap in a firearm.
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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.
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The hitting or impact of one body against another, as the hammer of a firearm against a cap.
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The shock, vibration, etc. resulting from this.
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The percussion instruments of an orchestra, band, etc. or the players of these.
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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.
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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.
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Of or composed for percussion instruments.

A percussion quartet.

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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.
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(countable) The collision of two bodies in order to produce a sound.
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(countable) The sound so produced.
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(countable) The detonation of a percussion cap in a firearm.
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(medicine) The tapping of the body as an aid to medical diagnosis.
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(music) The section of an orchestra or band containing percussion instruments; such instruments considered as a group.
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(engineering) The repeated striking of an object to break or shape it, as in percussion drilling.
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Origin of percussion

  • Latin percussiō percussiōn- from percussus past participle of percutere to percuss percuss
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin percussiō (“striking"), from percutiō (“I strike").
    From Wiktionary