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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n percussion the act of exploding a percussion cap
    • n percussion the act of playing a percussion instrument
    • n percussion tapping a part of the body for diagnostic purposes
    • n percussion the section of a band or orchestra that plays percussion instruments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first percussion instrument introduced to an orchestra was the kettledrums, then called the timpani, in the 1600s.
    • Percussion Hence: The effect of violent collision; vibratory shock; impression of sound on the ear. "The thunderlike percussion of thy sounds."
    • Percussion The act of percussing, or striking one body against another; forcible collision, esp. such as gives a sound or report.
    • Percussion (Med) The act of tapping or striking the surface of the body in order to learn the condition of the parts beneath by the sound emitted or the sensation imparted to the fingers. Percussion is said to be immediate if the blow is directly upon the body; if some interventing substance, as a pleximeter, is, used, it is called mediate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n percussion The act of percussing, or the striking of one body against another with some violence; forcible collision.
    • n percussion The state of being percussed; the shock produced by the collision of bodies.
    • n percussion The impression or effect of sound on the ear.
    • n percussion In medicine: In diagnosis, the method of striking or tapping the surface of the body for the purpose of determining the condition of the organs in the region struck. It is employed chiefly in the diagnosis of diseases of the lungs, heart, and abdominal organs.
    • n percussion In therapeutics, tapping or striking in various ways with the hand or with an instrument as a therapeutic measure and a part of general massage.
    • n percussion In music, the production of a tone by a stroke or a blow, as upon any keyboard-instrument. Specifically— In musical composition, the occurrence of a dissonant tone; the actual sounding of a discord: distinguished from preparation on the one hand and resolution on the other.
    • n percussion In palmistry, the outer side of the hand; the side of the hand opposite the thumb.
    • percussion To arrange (a firearm) by fitting it with a percussion-lock, so that it may be fired by percussion.
    • percussion In medicine, to treat by means of percussion massage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Percussion per-kush′un the forcible striking of one body against another: collision, or the shock produced by it: impression of sound on the ear:
    • n Percussion that which strikes or has power to strike
    • n Percussion per-kush′un (med.) the tapping upon the body to find the condition of an internal organ by the sounds: in the jargon of palmistry, the outer side of the hand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. percussio,: cf. F. percussion,. See Percuss
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. percussion-empercutĕre, percussumper, thoroughly, quatĕre, to shake.


In literature:

The flames of the torches and the falling snow tossed and whirled at the percussion of air.
"The Iron Furrow" by George C. Shedd
Caps, percussion, used in lighting fire, 234.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
It turned hard, and the lock finally yielded with a percussive snap.
"The Garden, You, and I" by Mabel Osgood Wright
The percussion instruments were at first only used to mark and intensify the rhythm.
"Myth and Science" by Tito Vignoli
After them came the other types of percussion revolvers, and the later metallic-cartridge types.
"Murder in the Gunroom" by Henry Beam Piper
Localised tenderness can almost always be elicited by percussion, or by compressing the bone between the fingers and thumb.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The Countess was disappointed because the percussion cap was not exploded.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
In truth, the percussion gun of that period was not as reliable as might have been wished.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
In line with exercise of this kind, massage and percussion treatment of the abdominal region is likewise effective.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
This, together with the making of the percussion caps, was the tedious part of all the preparations.
"The Wonder Island Boys: The Tribesmen" by Roger Finlay
How pleasantly percussive to the brain; and how even the teeth partake of the sensation!
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, April 1844" by Various
Each harpooner got a supply of gunpowder and percussion-caps; and all other requisites were put into the boats.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
I felt two distinct percussions.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Percussion locks had not at that time come into fashion, and long ranges had not yet been dreamed of.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
These proceed to fire percussion shrapnel at the two different elevations, in order to obtain bursts "over" (+) and "short" (-).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
He then looked to his percussion-cap, to make sure that all was right.
"The Young Yagers" by Mayne Reid
She would see a man who had fought through a war of flame and poison puckering his smooth brows over his first percussion-cap pistol.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
The primer contains no percussion composition.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Cavalry of the Army" by U. S. War Department
To this tapping he gave the technical name, since become classic in medicine, of percussion.
"Makers of Modern Medicine" by James J. Walsh
They are all armed with Snider's percussion-lock muskets.
"Stanley's Adventures in the Wilds of Africa" by Joel Tyler Headley and William Fletcher Johnson

In poetry:

How far is it to peace, the piper sighed,
The solitary, sweating as he paused.
Asphalt the noon; the ravens, terrified,
Fled carrion thunder that percussion caused.
"Our Lady Peace" by Mark Van Doren

In news:

Then I really started playing in every group there was that had percussion in it.
There, he was sponsored to live and study, learning the tabla, a north Indian classical percussion instrument.
"He's the Mozart of Indian percussion, " Albright said.
Ten Toe Percussion will present the second annual N.Y.C.
Festival of Percussive Dance tonight at 8 o'clock at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street.
Bucknell's Celebration In Lewisburg: Percussion Petting Zoo.
Bucknell's Celebration In Lewisburg: Percussion Petting Zoo .
Amidst this male-dominated musical environment, women come together to create a percussion ensemble.
Dead man helps walk new band through primal, percussive record.
70 Years Of Propulsive, Percussive Mastery.
THE STUDY "4,300-Year-Old Chimpanzee Sites and the Origins of Percussive Stone Technology" by Julio Mercader et al.
Dollar Rent A Car Selects Percussion's Rhythmyx 5 ECM Solution.
Lp Rumba Ensemble Montvale Rumba Latin Percussion, Inc By ROBERT KAYE.
The Russian composer (1906-1975) often converted the piano into a percussion instrument, using its upper register like an xylophone, shooting out sharp staccatos.
Texas Tech's School of Music will present a night of percussion and steel this week.

In science:

Wo jewoda, Vibrational energy transfer via modulated impacts for percussive drilling.
Simple models of bouncing ball dynamics and their comparison
This yields a percussive sound along with the pitch of the note.
Music in Terms of Science
Therefore, many percussion instruments do not produce a definite pitch due to their sounds with a wide range of prominent frequencies that are not in harmonic relationship.
Music in Terms of Science
These “unpitched” or “untuned” percussion instruments are played for rhythm only.
Music in Terms of Science
There are, however, some “pitched” or “tuned” percussion instruments (such as the marimba and xylophone) can produce an obvious fundamental pitch and can therefore play melody and serve harmonic functions in music in addition to the rhythm.
Music in Terms of Science
They are musical percussion instruments, usually consist of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end (see figure 6.5) which can vibrate when being hit with a stick or hand.
Music in Terms of Science
Cylindrical drums—straight-sided and generally two-headed, sometimes using a buzzing, percussive string. • Barrel drums—normally one-headed and maybe open at the bottom, with a bulge in the middle.
Music in Terms of Science