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percussion

per·cus·sion

percussion

 
pronunciation:
pr kuh shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the forceful striking of one usu. hard object against another, esp. when sound is produced on impact.
definition 2: the tapping of different areas of the body to aid in medical diagnosis or therapy.
definition 3: collectively, musical instruments, such as drums or cymbals, that produce sound when struck; percussion instruments.
 
definition 4: an act or instance, or the technique, of detonating a firearm by striking an explosive cap.
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derivation: percussional (adj.)
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