What does the word percussion mean?

Usage examples for percussion

  1. The breathing is frequent and painful; the sides of the chest when struck with the fingers give out the hard, solid sound of a full barrel, this percussion being painful. – On the cattle plague: or, Contagious typhus in horned cattle. Its history, origin, description, and treatment by Honoré Bourguignon
  2. Failing evidence obtained from percussion, attention should next be given to the shoeing. – Diseases of the Horse's Foot by Harry Caulton Reeks
  3. He was shouting lustily for a percussion- cap. – Hunting the Lions by R.M. Ballantyne