Definition of percussion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈkʌʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈkʌʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] musical instruments that you play by hitting them with your hand or with a stick, for example drums percussion instruments The track features Joey Langton on percussion.
  2. 2the percussion [singular] (also percussion section [countable]) the players of percussion instruments in an orchestra compare brass, string, woodwind
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin percussio(n-), from the verb percutere ‘to strike forcibly’, from per- ‘through’ + quatere ‘to shake, strike’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: percussion

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