Centre of percussion

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Centre of percussion the point in which the direction of a blow, given to a body, intersects the plane in which the fixed axis and the centre of inertia lie, making the body begin to rotate about a fixed axis, without causing any pressure on the axis
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. centrum—Gr. kentron, a sharp point.

Usage

In literature:

A clip of soft-nosed Mauser cartridges, in which a copper centre to the bullet suggested a percussion-cap, was sent home to the War Office.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
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