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
On Interstellar Space, Coltrane does away with the layers between horn and percussion, and the result is a jarring, unnerving dynamic that even the best jazz players were too intimidated to pursue.
Its show is high-energy, centers on percussion and antics from a trio of blue-skinned performers.
John Blackwell Jr., the stylish percussion powerhouse best known for his 15-year tenure with Prince, has died after battling cancer.
The Catherine Street Consort will also play period music and country dance tunes using a full family of recorders, along with guitar and percussion.
That bedroom style is reflected in the subtle production anchored by guitars that builds into clapping percussion and electronic touches.
Being able to keep a beat through percussion is a deep-rooted part of human biology.
A full corps includes 150 participants ages 14-21, who perform in brass, percussion, and color guard ensembles.
Rick Allen (drums and percussion) came on board in 1978, Collen (guitar and backing vocals) joined in 1982 and Vivian Campbell (guitar and backing vocals) replaced the late Steve Clark in 1992.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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