percussion

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noun per·cus·sion \pər-ˈkə-shən\

Definition of percussion

  1. 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. 2 :  the striking of sound on the ear

  3. 3 :  percussion instruments that form a section of a band or orchestra

percussion

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Examples of percussion in a Sentence

  1. He plays percussion for the band.

  2. The marimba is a percussion instrument.

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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



PERCUSSION Defined for English Language Learners

percussion

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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

percussion

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noun per·cus·sion \pər-ˈkə-shən\

Definition of percussion for Students

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

percussion

adjective

Medical Dictionary

percussion

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noun per·cus·sion \pər-ˈkəsh-ən\

Medical Definition of percussion

  1. 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. 2:  massage consisting of the striking of a body part with light rapid blows—called also tapotement



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