Definition of percussion in English:


Line breaks: per|cus¦sion
Pronunciation: /pəˈkʌʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
1Musical instruments played by striking with the hand or with a stick or beater, or by shaking, including drums, cymbals, xylophones, gongs, bells, and rattles: [as modifier]: percussion instruments
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  • 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 shutters
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  • 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.
crash, bang, smash, clash, bump, thump, thwack, whack;
2.1 Medicine The action of tapping a part of the body as part of a diagnosis: the chest sounded dull on percussion
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  • 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.


late Middle English: from Latin percussio(n-), from the verb percutere 'to strike forcibly' (see percuss).



sense 1.
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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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