• WordNet 3.6
    • adj percussive involving percussion or featuring percussive instruments "percussive music"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first percussion instrument introduced to an orchestra was the kettledrums, then called the timpani, in the 1600s.
    • a Percussive Striking against; percutient; as, percussive force.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • percussive Of or pertaining to percussion or a light sharp stroke; striking; striking against something.
    • n percussive Specifically, in music, an instrument of percussion.
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In literature:

AU`ENBRUGGER, an Austrian physician, discoverer of the method of investigating diseases of the chest by percussion (1722-1809).
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
He, too, uses percussion for moral effect.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
Liza gave him something instead, but it produced a somewhat louder and smarter percussion.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
He was conscious that at sound of the percussion she started forward and stared at him.
"A Christmas Garland" by Max Beerbohm
Cap (hat); (percussion); to obtain fire from.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
For a slight percussion ought to generate waves as rapid as strong percussion in the same matter.
"Treatise on Light" by Christiaan Huygens
Chords are not to be played with percussion but with pressure.
"Piano Mastery" by Harriette Brower
A complete percussion-musket weighs within a small fraction of ten pounds.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 72, October, 1863" by Various
Percussion and friction produce heat.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 78, April, 1864" by Various
At the point of impact a bulb of percussion, which is a somewhat elevated conical mark, is produced.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
Mr. Forsyth, a Scotchman, who in 1803 invented the percussion principle in fire-arms.
"Inventions in the Century" by William Henry Doolittle
Often there is very slight impairment of the percussion note as well.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
Manipulation of the trachea, and percussion applied to the sides, causes the animal to evince pain.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
Rains, General, leaves percussion shells at Williamsburg, 79.
"From Manassas to Appomattox" by James Longstreet
Percussion and pressure figures are readily developed in cleavage sheets of mica (q.v.).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 7" by Various
Dulness on percussion was not extended beyond its usual limit.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
The gentle percussion thus effected is quite exhilarating.
"Health, Happiness, and Longevity" by Louis Philippe McCarty
Presently percussive noises were heard on the parchment, resembling the dropping of grains of sand on its surface.
"Mysterious Psychic Forces" by Camille Flammarion
A quick percussion of the breath upon the bent leaf instantly produced a sound exactly resembling the cry of a young doe.
"The Gipsy (Vols I & II)" by G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford) James
In some cases there is bone tenderness, pain on percussion of the shins or of the sternum.
"Scurvy Past and Present" by Alfred Fabian Hess

In poetry:

How far is it to peace, the piper sighed,
The solitary, sweating as he paused.
Asphalt the noon; the ravens, terrified,
Fled carrion thunder that percussion caused.
"Our Lady Peace" by Mark Van Doren

In news:

He also co-founded Heartbeat Afrika, a performance and arts education company that mixes African percussion with a modern live band rhythm.
"I sit inside of it," Casey says of his percussion machine.
Though the cabin life is a unique experience, one of Evan's favorite parts of Interlochen is working with Keith Aleo, director of percussion at Interlochen, and the percussion faculty every day.
She has been drumming since 1991 and guides percussion for the popular trio Beings alongside other veteran musicians Mike Alen and Ivan Marchena.
This spring, Andrew Bahle, a senior percussion major at Interlochen Arts Academy, was named as a finalist in this group of exceptional young artists.
But saying Sexual Chocolate plays percussion is like saying Dennis Rodman played basketball — they're both role players with visual flair and showmanship.
Born January 1, 1931, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Oquendo, whose heritage was Puerto Rican, studied percussion in the mid-1940s and worked with a number of Latin bands during that decade.
This was the case for Thursday's percussion -theme concert at the Ethical Culture Society featuring the renowned soloist Evelyn Glennie.
Feeding the Hungry with a Percussive Beat.
Dead man helps walk new band through primal, percussive record.
Indianapolis-based Percussive Arts Society has appointed Larry Jacobson as executive director of the society and its Rhythm.
Provided photo Members of the Step Afrika troupe perform stepping, a percussive rhythmic form of dance.
Tech's Percussion Ensembles I and II, along with the Steel Drum Bands, will perform at the Allen Theatre at 8 pm on Tuesday, October 23rd.
Ex-Band Members: Charlie Ross, Drums, Percussion Paul Martin, Guitar (electric), Vocals Caroline Rogers, Keyboards, Vocals.
Audience participation real fun of pumped-up Recycled Percussion.

In science:

Wo jewoda, Vibrational energy transfer via modulated impacts for percussive drilling.
Simple models of bouncing ball dynamics and their comparison
This yields a percussive sound along with the pitch of the note.
Music in Terms of Science
Therefore, many percussion instruments do not produce a definite pitch due to their sounds with a wide range of prominent frequencies that are not in harmonic relationship.
Music in Terms of Science
These “unpitched” or “untuned” percussion instruments are played for rhythm only.
Music in Terms of Science
There are, however, some “pitched” or “tuned” percussion instruments (such as the marimba and xylophone) can produce an obvious fundamental pitch and can therefore play melody and serve harmonic functions in music in addition to the rhythm.
Music in Terms of Science
They are musical percussion instruments, usually consist of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end (see figure 6.5) which can vibrate when being hit with a stick or hand.
Music in Terms of Science
Cylindrical drums—straight-sided and generally two-headed, sometimes using a buzzing, percussive string. • Barrel drums—normally one-headed and maybe open at the bottom, with a bulge in the middle.
Music in Terms of Science