percussion
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French percussioun, from Latin percussion-, percussio, from percutere to beat, from per- thoroughly + quatere to shake Date: 15th century 1. the act of percussing: as a. the striking of a percussion cap so as to set off the charge in a firearm b. the beating or striking of a musical instrument c. 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 • percussion adjective

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  • PERCUSSION — Si, dans la plupart des musiques des sociétés primitives et des civilisations extra européennes, les instruments à percussion ont toujours tenu une place importante, ils ont, au contraire, été longtemps l’objet d’un relatif dédain dans la musique …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Percussion — Per*cus sion, n. [L. percussio: cf. F. percussion. See {Percuss}.] 1. The act of percussing, or striking one body against another; forcible collision, esp. such as gives a sound or report. Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: The effect of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • percussion — PERCUSSION. s. f. Terme dogmatique. Coup, action par laquelle un corps en frape un autre. Percussion violente. percussion soudaine. le cerveau est quelquefois offensé par une violente percussion des esprits. quelques Philosophes tiennent que le… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • percussion — [pər kush′ən] n. [L percussio < percussus: see PERCUSS] 1. the hitting or impact of one body against another, as the hammer of a firearm against a cap 2. the shock, vibration, etc. resulting from this 3. the percussion instruments of an… …   English World dictionary

  • percussion — ► NOUN 1) (before another noun ) (of a musical instrument) played by being struck or shaken. 2) percussion instruments forming a band or section of an orchestra. 3) the striking of one solid object with or against another. DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

  • Percussion — (v. lat.), 1) Erschütterung, Stoß, Schlag; 2) s.u. Auscultation 2) (Med.); 3) Entzündung der Ladung eines Gewehrs od. Geschützes durch Stoß od. Schlag …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Percussion — Percussion, lat. dtsch., Stoß, Schlag; in der Heilkunde jene physikalische Untersuchungsweise, welche in einem leichten Anklopfen an die Wandung einer der Körperhöhlen besteht, um aus der Art des dadurch hervorgebrachten Tons den Zustand der… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • percussion — index collision (accident) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • percussion — фр. [пэркюсьо/н], англ. [пэка/шн] percussione ит. [пэркуссио/нэ] группа ударн. инструм …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • percussion — 1540s, a striking, a blow, from L. percussionem (nom. percussio), from pp. stem of percutere to strike, from per through (see PER (Cf. per)) + quatere to strike, shake. Reference to musical instruments is first recorded 1776 …   Etymology dictionary

  • percussion — concussion, clash, shock, *impact, impingement, collision, jar, jolt Analogous words: striking, hitting, smiting (see STRIKE): vibration, oscillation, fluctuation (see corresponding verbs at SWING) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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