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percussion

noun per·cus·sion \pər-ˈkə-shən\

: musical instruments (such as drums, cymbals, or xylophones) that you play by hitting or shaking

Full Definition of PERCUSSION

1
:  the act of percussing: as
a :  the striking of a percussion cap so as to set off the charge in a firearm
b :  the beating or striking of a musical instrument
c :  the act or technique of tapping the surface of a body part to learn the condition of the parts beneath by the resultant sound
2
:  the striking of sound on the ear
3
:  percussion instruments that form a section of a band or orchestra
percussion adjective

Examples of PERCUSSION

  1. He plays percussion for the band.
  2. The marimba is a percussion instrument.

Origin of PERCUSSION

Middle English, from Anglo-French percussioun, from Latin percussion-, percussio, from percutere to beat, from per- thoroughly + quatere to shake
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with PERCUSSION

PERCUSSION Defined for Kids

percussion

noun per·cus·sion \pər-ˈkə-shən\

Definition of PERCUSSION for Kids

:  the musical instruments (as drums, cymbals, and maracas) that are played by striking or shaking
percussion adjective
Medical Dictionary

percussion

noun per·cus·sion \pər-ˈkəsh-ən\

Medical Definition of PERCUSSION

1
:  the act or technique of tapping the surface of a body part to learn the condition of the parts beneath by the resulting sound
2
:  massage consisting of the striking of a body part with light rapid blows—called also tapotement
June 29, 2015
expeditious Hear it
efficient or prompt
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