a) To strike; to hit; to knock; to deliver a blow to.

Solid bodies, if they be very softly percussed, give no sound.

b) To impact.

Falling on the roof of the caravan, the hailstones percussed noisily.

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  • Percuss — Per*cuss , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Percussed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Percussing}.] [L. percussus, p. p. of percutere; per + quatere to shake, strike. See {Quash}.] To strike smartly; to strike upon or against; as, to percuss the chest in medical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Percuss — Per*cuss , v. i. (Med.) To strike or tap in an examination by percussion. See {Percussion}, 3. Quain. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • percuss — [pər kus′] vt. [< L percussus, pp. of percutere, to strike < per ,PER + quatere, to shake: see QUASH2] to rap gently and firmly, as in medical diagnosis percussor n …   English World dictionary

  • percuss — To perform percussion. * * * per·cuss pər kəs vt to tap sharply esp to practice percussion on <percuss all four quadrants of the abdomen before starting palpation (Herrick Peterson)> vi to percuss a body part <percussing with the ends of …   Medical dictionary

  • percuss — [pə kʌs] verb Medicine gently tap (a part of the body) as part of a diagnosis. Origin C16: from L. percuss , percutere strike through …   English new terms dictionary

  • percuss — Med. tap (a part of the body) gently with a finger or an instrument as part of a diagnosis. Etymology: L percutere percuss strike (as PER , cutere = quatere shake) …   Useful english dictionary

  • percuss — transitive verb Etymology: Latin percussus, past participle of percutere Date: 1560 to tap sharply; especially to practice percussion on …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • percuss — /peuhr kus /, v.t. 1. Med. to strike or tap for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. 2. to strike (something) so as to shake or cause a shock to. v.i. 3. Med. to strike the surface of a part of the body for diagnostic purposes. [1550 60; < L… …   Universalium

  • percuss — per·cuss || pÉ™r kÊŒs /pÉ™ v. strike, beat, hit; knock, tap …   English contemporary dictionary

  • percuss — per·cuss …   English syllables

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