- the section of an orchestra or band comprising the percussion instruments.
- the percussion instruments themselves.
OTHER WORDS FROM percussionper·cus·sion·al, adjective
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The massage felt a bit superficial—more vibration than percussion.
While we’re pushing forward, they’re shooting us with percussion grenades.Inside the Capitol Riot: What the Parler Videos Reveal|by Alec MacGillis|January 17, 2021|ProPublica
For instance, the percussion and light cymbal hits from John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” sound more distinct playing through the Nest Audio than the Echo.
This cordless percussion massager has a heated tip for when your muscles crave both pressure and warmth, and an LED screen allows you to monitor muscle temperature to achieve optimal results.Electronics and exercise gear that make excellent gifts|PopSci Commerce Team|October 8, 2020|Popular-Science
It features dual head percussion that can reach up to 3,500 pulses per minute for a deep, targeted massage.
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
It runs as a polyphonic symphony compared to the simple percussion section of the heart or the synchronized cellos of the liver.
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
I brought down 100 music recorders and various percussion instruments.
A machine for making percussion caps was patented by John Abraham in 1864.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
The carbon dioxid evolved distends the stomach, and its outline can easily be determined by percussion.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
In these instruments fully one-third of the speaking stops rely on percussion for production of their tones.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
The Indians have only old percussion-cap rifles, and not too many of them.Warrior Gap|Charles King
And finally, an ironmonger will sell you anything but a bath, while he thrives on a lively trade in percussion-caps and gunpowder.The Isle of Unrest|Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for percussion
- instruments of this family constituting a section of an orchestra, band, etc
- (as modifier)a percussion ensemble
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Cultural definitions for 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.)