- 1Musical instruments played by striking with the hand or with a handheld or pedal-operated stick or beater, or by shaking, including drums, cymbals, xylophones, gongs, bells, and rattles: [as modifier]: percussion instruments the percussion sectionMore example sentences
- Nigerian music is dependent on strong rhythms supplied by countless drums and percussion instruments.
- The Adagio would probably do that if arranged for tuned percussion.
- The tunes remain but the clattering percussion and meandering vocals transport them to a whole other level.
- 2The striking of one solid object with or against another with some degree of force: the clattering percussion of objects striking the walls and the shuttersMore example sentences
- For pebbles and larger particles, surface textures, such as weathering pits and percussion fractures, provide important clues to particle history.
- In particular, the supporters of energy/work rightly doubted its competence to deal with phenomena involving percussion and impact.
- We may leave aside bizarre examples whereby smell or impact, percussion, may have had some effect.
- 2.1 Medicine The action of tapping a part of the body as part of a diagnosis: the chest sounded dull on percussionMore example sentences
- Physical examination through percussion and palpation, however, would reveal more about the size of the liver than a flat film since the flat film only reveals one of the apecies.
- This involves four steps: observation, palpation, percussion, and auscultation.
- Physical examination revealed dullness to percussion and decreased breath sounds at both bases.
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- If six horn players, three percussionists, four vocalists, a pianist and bassist aren't impressive enough, they're spicing up the act with opulent costumes and a full floor-show with dancers.
- As one of the world's most popular solo percussionists, she combines superb technical skills, a unique appreciation of the visual elements and an astonishing musicality to create performances of stunning vitality.
- She said: ‘I had the idea of trying out a combo with two Afro-Cuban style percussionists.’
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- The effect is dizzying, but totally inviting, and before you realize it, the virulent drum patterns and percussive effects have taken their toll.
- Prancing and dancing to an infectious percussive beat, they had the audience clapping along.
- The harsh whine of a small-arms weapon was completely different from the sharp percussive shock of her rifle.
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- Their tendency to embellish around a one-chord, acoustic guitar drone's a beautiful match to all that goes on percussively.
- But his trademark six-ton razor-blade attack never makes itself known here - instead he uses the instrument percussively or stretches out string noise to blend with the static-electric buzzes, twitters and crunches.
- Not only is she able to percussively shine thanks to the harder-rocker edge of the record, but she also adds wonderful vocal harmonies (particularly to the third section's chorus) and sings her first lead vocal.
late Middle English: from Latin percussio(n-), from the verb percutere 'to strike forcibly' (see percuss).