- the striking of one body against another with some sharpness; impact; blow.
- Medicine/Medical. the striking or tapping of the surface of a part of the body for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
- the striking of a musical instrument to produce tones.
- the section of an orchestra or band comprising the percussion instruments.
- the percussion instruments themselves.
- a sharp blow for detonating a percussion cap or the fuze of an artillery shell.
- the striking of sound on the ear.
- the act of percussing.
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
October 2, 2014
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
He saw a spark, heard the bang of the percussion cap, but there was nothing more.Shaman
His other burdens were his packet of percussion caps, his blanket, and his crutches.Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)
If it goes round to the percussion of the hand it indicates jealousy.The Influence of the Stars
This second crow was full of fire, and daring, and challenge, and percussion.The History of The Hen Fever
George P. Burnham
Auscultation and percussion show that the internal organs are normal.Pedagogical Anthropology
- 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
- instruments of this family constituting a section of an orchestra, band, etc
- (as modifier)a percussion ensemble
- med the act of percussing a body surface
- the act of exploding a percussion cap
Word Origin and History 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 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.