- the section of an orchestra or band comprising the percussion instruments.
- the percussion instruments themselves.
- percussion cap,
- percussion flaking,
- percussion instrument,
- percussion lock,
- percussion tool
Origin of percussion
Examples from the Web for percussion
Still others, especially the percussion instruments, are struck by hammers that move when the air pressure changes.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso|Rich Goldstein|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The percussion rolls like thunder, the woodwinds climax, the camera swoops upward, and we see the brass plaque: The Olive Garden.Frank Underwood Will Not Tolerate Insubordination in This Olive Garden|Kelly Williams Brown|February 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When fluid has collected in the lower part of the chest cavity the sound will also be dull on percussion.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
In the case of rapid-fire guns explain how to adjust firing mechanism, percussion, and electric (if so equipped).The Gunner's Examiner|Harold E. Cloke
Altered to percussion by a rare and rather crude civilian method, and barrel shortened to the end of the forestock.
The orchestra (gamelan) consists of wind, string and percussion instruments, the latter being in preponderancy to the other two.
He admired our guns, which we had kept loaded, removing the percussion caps before entering the lodge.Ten years in the ranks, U.S. army|Augustus Meyers
- instruments of this family constituting a section of an orchestra, band, etc
- (as modifier)a percussion ensemble
Word Origin for percussion
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.
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.)