The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Percussion \Per*cus"sion\ (p[~e]r*k[u^]sh"[u^]n), n. [L.
percussio: cf. F. percussion. See Percuss.]
1. The act of percussing, or striking one body against
another; forcible collision, esp. such as gives a sound or
report. --Sir I. Newton.
2. Hence: The effect of violent collision; vibratory shock;
impression of sound on the ear.
The thunderlike percussion of thy sounds. --Shak.
3. (Med.) The act of tapping or striking the surface of the
body in order to learn the condition of the parts beneath
by the sound emitted or the sensation imparted to the
fingers. Percussion is said to be immediate if the blow is
directly upon the body; if some intervening substance, as
a pleximeter, is, used, it is called mediate.
Center of percussion. See under Center.
Percussion bullet, a bullet containing a substance which is
exploded by percussion; an explosive bullet.
Percussion cap, a small copper cap or cup, containing
fulminating powder, and used with a percussion lock to
Percussion fuze. See under Fuze.
Percussion lock, the lock of a gun that is fired by
percussion upon fulminating powder.
Percussion match, a match which ignites by percussion.
Percussion powder, powder so composed as to ignite by
slight percussion; fulminating powder.
Percussion sieve, Percussion table, a machine for sorting
ores by agitation in running water.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a detonator that explodes when struck