Part of speech: noun

Sudden collision, or the shock or vibration produced by it.

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Usage examples "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", Honoré Bourguignon.
  2. Failing evidence obtained from percussion, attention should next be given to the shoeing. - "Diseases of the Horse's Foot", Harry Caulton Reeks.
  3. He was shouting lustily for a percussion- cap. - "Hunting the Lions", R.M. Ballantyne.