tympan

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin tympanum.

Noun[edit]

tympan ‎(plural tympans)

  1. (printing) A piece of cloth padding placed under the platen of a letterpress to distribute the pressure on the sheet being printed.
  2. (music) The stretched membrane of a drum.
  3. (music) A percussion instrument consisting of a hollow cylinder with such a membrane at each end.
  4. (architecture) A tympanum.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin tympanum.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tympan m ‎(plural tympans)

  1. (anatomy) eardrum
  2. (anatomy) middle ear
  3. (architecture) tympanum
  4. (historical) treadwheel, treadmill
  5. (by extension) hydraulic wheel
  6. (dated or literary, music) various percussion instruments, such as gongs, tympans, tambourines, etc.
  7. (printing) tympan

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