Definition of percussion in English:

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percussion

Pronunciation: /pərˈkəSHən/

noun

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 section
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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.
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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: per·cus·sion

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