Definition of percussion
1 : the act of percussing: such asa : the striking of a percussion cap so as to set off the charge in a firearmb : the beating or striking of a musical instrumentc : 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
Examples of percussion in a sentence
He plays percussion for the band.
The marimba is a percussion instrument.
Origin and Etymology 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
PERCUSSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of percussion for English Language Learners
: musical instruments (such as drums, cymbals, or xylophones) that you play by hitting or shaking
PERCUSSION Defined for Kids
Definition of percussion for Students
: the musical instruments (as drums, cymbals, and maracas) that are played by striking or shaking
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
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