from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To strike or tap firmly, as in medical percussion: The doctor percussed the patient's chest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To strike; to hit; to knock; to deliver a blow to.
- v. To impact.
- v. To attempt to divine the location or other quality of something by tapping on (an overlying surface).
- v. To attempt to divine the location or other quality of (something) by tapping on an overlying surface.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To strike smartly; to strike upon or against.
- intransitive v. To strike or tap in an examination by percussion. See percussion, 3.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike against so as to shake or give a shock to; strike.
- Specifically, in medicine: To tap or strike for diagnostic purposes. See percussion, 4 .
- To tap or strike for therapeutie purposes. See percussion, 4 .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. strike or tap firmly
Latin percutere, percuss-, to strike hard : per-, per- + quatere, to strike; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French percussir, from Latin percussus, past participle of percutere ("to strike or pierce through"), from per ("through") + quatere (" to shake, strike"). (Wiktionary)