Denotation vs. Connotation


[kuh n-kuhsh-uh n] /kənˈkʌʃ ən/
Pathology. injury to the brain or spinal cord due to jarring from a blow, fall, or the like.
shock caused by the impact of a collision, blow, etc.
the act of violently shaking or jarring.
Origin of concussion
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin concussiōn- (stem of concussiō) a shaking. See concuss, -ion
Related forms
concussional, concussant
[kuh n-kuhs-uh nt] /kənˈkʌs ənt/ (Show IPA),
concussive, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for concussion
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Finally it was betwixt chance and choice that the place and hour of concussion were determined.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II John T. Morse
  • A shell from his own army had burst near him, and he had been thrown down by the concussion.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Springing up, she would rush against the end of the car, falling all in a heap from the violence of the concussion.

  • One or two men were struck, while others died from the effect of the concussion on their brains.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • He wouldn't care to be responsible for a concussion of the brain or anything like that.

    The City of Fire Grace Livingston Hill
British Dictionary definitions for concussion


a jarring of the brain, caused by a blow or a fall, usually resulting in loss of consciousness
any violent shaking; jarring
Derived Forms
concussive, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for concussion

c.1400, from Latin concussionem (nominative concussio) "a shaking," noun of action from past participle stem of concutere "shake violently," from com- "together" (see com-) + quatere "to shake" (see quash). Modern brain injury sense is from 1540s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
concussion in Medicine

concussion con·cus·sion (kən-kŭsh'ən)

  1. A violent shaking or jarring.

  2. An injury to a soft structure, especially the brain, produced by a violent blow and followed by a temporary or prolonged loss of function.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
concussion in Science
An injury to a soft structure, especially the brain, produced by a violent blow or impact and followed by a temporary, sometimes prolonged, loss of function. A concussion of the brain results in transient loss of consciousness or memory.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for concussion

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for concussion

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for concussion