center of percussion

noun Mechanics.

the point on a rigid body, suspended so as to be able to move freely about a fixed axis, at which the body may be struck without changing the position of the axis.

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  2. center of curvature,
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  8. center plate,
  9. center punch,
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Origin of center of percussion

First recorded in 1720–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019