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percuss +? -ive


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /p??k?s?v/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /p??k?s?v/
  • Hyphenation: per?cuss?ive


percussive (comparative more percussive, superlative most percussive)

  1. Characterized by percussion; caused by or related to the action of striking or pounding something.
  2. (phonetics) Produced by striking organs together, for example, smacking the lips or gnashing the teeth.
    • 2013, Nigel Hewlett, Janet Mackenzie Beck, An Introduction to the Science of Phonetics, Routledge (?ISBN)
      Two additional, and much rarer, percussive articulations are represented by symbols in the extIPA chart. Their exclusion from the main IPA chart is an indication that they do not seem to occur as typical forms of adult speech in any part of the world, although they may have some communicative function. The symbol, [?], is used to transcribe a bilabial percussive sound, which might be described in lay terms as lip-smacking.

Derived terms



percussive (plural percussives)

  1. (phonetics) A percussive phone.
    • 2014, Martin J. Ball, Nicole Muller, Phonetics for Communication Disorders, Psychology Press (?ISBN)
      Percussives are articulations where two rigid or semirigid articulators are struck against each other to produce a short, sharp sound.





  1. feminine plural of percussivo

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From Old French percussir, from Latin percussus, past participle of percuti? (strike, beat), from per (through) + quati? (shake, strike).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /p??k?s/, [p??k??s]
  • (General American) IPA(key): /p??k?s/, [p??k??s]
  • Rhymes: -?s
  • Hyphenation: per?cuss


percuss (third-person singular simple present percusses, present participle percussing, simple past and past participle percussed)

  1. (transitive) to strike; to hit; to knock; to give a blow to
    • c. 1619, John Ford (formerly attributed to Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher), The Laws of Candy, [Act II, Scene i], page 304:
      Give me thy hand Gonzalo, thou art in our favour, / For we do love to cheri?h lofty ?pirits, / Such as percu??e the Earth, and bound / With an erected countenance to the clouds.
  2. (intransitive) to impact
  3. (transitive, chiefly medicine) to attempt to divine the location or other quality of something by tapping on (an overlying surface)
    • 2016, Susan F. Wilson, Jean Foret Giddens, Health Assessment for Nursing Practice, Elsevier Health Sciences (?ISBN), page 259
      PERCUSS the abdomen for tones. Percuss the abdomen when you suspect distention, fluid, or solid masses. Procedure: See Chapter 3 for the procedures for percussion. Percuss all quadrants for tones, using indirect percussion to assess density of abdominal contents (Fig. 13-11). Percuss in each quadrant for tympany and dullness. FIG. 13-11 Systematic Route for Abdominal Percussion.
  4. (transitive, chiefly medicine) to attempt to divine the location or other quality of (something) by tapping on an overlying surface
    • 2007, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Emergency Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (?ISBN)
      As you percuss the kidneys, check for pain or tenderness, behind other organs which suggests a kidney infection. Remember to percuss both sides of the body to assess both kidneys.

Related terms


  • John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989) , “percuss”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, ?ISBN

Further reading

  • percuss in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • percuss in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • percuss at OneLook Dictionary Search


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