tympany

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined based on Ancient Greek τύμπανον (túmpanon).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tympany (plural tympanies)

  1. The sound made by beating a drum.
  2. (medicine)Tympanites (distention of the abdomen).
  3. Inflation; conceit; bombast; turgidness.
    Thine 's a tympany of sense. — Dryden.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of De Quincey to this entry?)