percussion

noun
per·​cus·​sion | \ pər-ˈkə-shən How to pronounce percussion (audio) \

Definition of percussion

1 : the act of percussing: such 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

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Other Words from percussion

percussion adjective

Examples of percussion in a Sentence

He plays percussion for the band. The marimba is a percussion instrument.
Recent Examples on the Web The pit orchestra, led by music director Julia Hood, sounds great — though a little percussion-heavy at times. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Semi-masked and silly, ‘Spamalot’ gets the job done | Review," 19 Sep. 2020 In the seventeen-fifties, Leopold Auenbrugger, an Austrian physician, developed a groundbreaking technique called percussion, which is still in use today. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, "Why a Negative Test Doesn’t Guarantee You Don’t Have the Coronavirus," 16 Sep. 2020 Daughter Madison was pitch perfect on vocals, dad John plucked upright bass and daughter Petra turned scouring pads into percussion. Star Tribune, "6 cool things in music this week include Glen Hansard, Van Morrison, The War and Treaty and Cory Wong with Dave Koz," 11 Sep. 2020 This year, lessons will be offered for strings, guitar and percussion. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Play it Forward Cleveland to seek instrument donations Friday for free music lessons for youth," 10 Sep. 2020 Stands, chairs and anything that would normally be shared like percussion instruments will be routinely and frequently wiped down between use. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Brook High band marches to new set of rules," 18 Aug. 2020 He also is credited as the first bandleader to put the percussion section — congas, bongos and timbales — in a position of prominence in front of the orchestra. Deborah Ramirez, sun-sentinel.com, "Life of jazz great Tito Puente celebrated in livestream concert from Miami Beach on Sept. 6," 4 Sep. 2020 Daughter Madison is the lead singer, dad John on the upright bass and daughter Petra providing percussion with scrubbing pads and a skillet, with additional instrumentation provided by kitchen tongs and a spray bottle. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "Who won the Star Tribune Amateur Talent Contest?," 4 Sep. 2020 For instance, percussion, woodwinds and brass sections rehearse separately to allow instructors to teach in smaller sections. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Brook High band marches to new set of rules," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of percussion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for percussion

Middle English, from Anglo-French percussioun, from Latin percussion-, percussio, from percutere to beat, from per- thoroughly + quatere to shake

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The first known use of percussion was in the 15th century

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22 Sep 2020

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“Percussion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/percussion. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for percussion

percussion

noun
How to pronounce percussion (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of percussion

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

percussion

noun
per·​cus·​sion | \ pər-ˈkə-shən How to pronounce percussion (audio) \

Kids Definition of percussion

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

Other Words from percussion

percussion adjective

percussion

noun
per·​cus·​sion | \ pər-ˈkəsh-ən How to pronounce percussion (audio) \

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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