percussion

Percussion is music involving drums and other instruments such as gongs, bells, cymbals, rattles, and tambourines. The instruments themselves are also called percussion.

How do percussion instruments differ from guitars, horns, and pianos? They are struck to produce loudness, while the other instruments are strummed or blown into, or have keys that are depressed to produce notes. Percussion comes from the Latin word percussionem, which means "a striking, a blow." And those who think percussion evolved with modern jazz and rock and roll will be surprised to learn the word was first used in 1776 to describe musical instruments.

Primary Meanings of percussion

1.
n
the act of exploding a percussion cap
2.
n
tapping a part of the body for diagnostic purposes
3.
n
the act of playing a percussion instrument
Full Definitions of percussion
1

n the act of exploding a percussion cap

Type of:
detonation
the act of detonating an explosive
2

n tapping a part of the body for diagnostic purposes

Synonyms:
pleximetry
Type of:
auscultation
listening to sounds within the body (usually with a stethoscope)
3

n the act of playing a percussion instrument

Types:
drumming
the act of playing drums
Type of:
music
musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

n the section of a band or orchestra that plays percussion instruments

Synonyms:
percussion section, rhythm section
Type of:
section
a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class

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