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.
Recent Examples of percussion from the Web
The velvety instrumentation of No. 2, which leaves out violins, trumpets, trombones and percussion, is as notable as the composer’s elegant themes.
A jazzy waltz with a circular, three-note bass riff and pattering percussion cross-rhythms introduced the Allmans’ most psychedelic side on their 1969 debut album.
This promises to be a vibrant evening of music with lots of exotic percussion to get you up and moving.
There are eastern percussions, synthesizers, strings, and organs resulting in a delicious mélange of sacred and blissful music.
During the performance, Imagine Dragons relied heavily on their crushing percussion as frontman Dan Reynolds stalked the stage and ducked underneath the neon green lasers coming from behind him.
Loops of indigenous percussion and vocals surge to an electronic beat.
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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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