ETYM Perh. from French coiffe headdress, hood, or coif; as if the cuff were a cap for the hand. Related to Coif.
The turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg; SYN. turnup.
ETYM Dim. of lap a fold.
At the front of a coat; continuation of the coat collar.
ETYM Latin percussio: cf. French percussion. Related to Percuss.
1. Tapping a part of the body for diagnostic purposes.
2. The act of exploding a percussion cap.
3. The act of playing drums; SYN. drumming.
In medicine, the technique of exploring the body by tapping it with the fingers or an instrument. The nature of the vibrations felt may indicate some abnormality, such as the presence of fluid in the lungs.
An additional charge (as for items previously omitted or as a penalty for failure to exercise common caution or common skill).
A stroke (in tennis or badminton or squash) that puts the ball in play; SYN. service.