percussion

[ per-kuhsh-uh n ]
/ pərˈkʌʃ ən /

noun


Nearby words

  1. percolate,
  2. percolation,
  3. percolator,
  4. percurrent,
  5. percuss,
  6. percussion cap,
  7. percussion flaking,
  8. percussion instrument,
  9. percussion lock,
  10. percussion tool

Origin of percussion

1535–45; < Latin percussiōn- (stem of percussiō) a beating. See percuss, -ion

Related formsper·cus·sion·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for percussion

percussion

/ (pəˈkʌʃən) /

noun

the act, an instance, or an effect of percussing
music the family of instruments in which sound arises from the striking of materials with sticks, hammers, or the hands
music
  1. instruments of this family constituting a section of an orchestra, band, etc
  2. (as modifier)a percussion ensemble
med the act of percussing a body surface
the act of exploding a percussion cap

Word Origin for percussion

C16: from Latin percussiō, from percutere to hit; see percuss

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Word Origin and History for percussion

percussion

n.

early 15c., "a striking, a blow; internal injury, contusion," from Latin percussionem (nominative percussio) "a beating, striking; a beat as a measure of time," noun of action from past participle stem of percutere "to strike hard, beat, smite; strike through and through," from per- "through" (see per) + quatere "to strike, shake" (see quash). Reference to musical instruments is first recorded 1776.

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Medicine definitions for percussion

percussion

[ pər-kŭshən ]

n.

A method of medical diagnosis in which various areas of the body, especially the chest, back, and abdomen, are tapped with the finger or a plexor to determine by resonance the condition of internal organs.

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Culture definitions for percussion

percussion

A family of musical instruments played by striking their surfaces. Percussion instruments are used to accentuate and dramatize certain notes or rhythms and include instruments such as cymbals, drums, triangles, and xylophones. (See kettledrum, snare drum, and orchestra.)

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