- a drum
- an embroidery frame of two closely fitting, concentric hoops that hold the cloth stretched between them
- embroidery worked on such a frame
- a door, panel, etc., as in a cabinet, consisting of narrow, wooden slats glued to a flexible base, as canvas, that slides in grooves, as around curves
Origin of tambourMiddle English from Middle French from Old French tambor, a drum, probably via Spanish from Arabic ?unb?r (colloq. form ?anb?r), stringed instrument from Persian tab?rah, drum
to embroider on a tambour
- A drum or drummer.
- a. A small embroidery frame, usually made of wood or plastic, consisting of two concentric hoops between which fabric is stretched.b. Embroidery made on such a frame.
- A rolling front or top for a desk or table, consisting of narrow strips of wood glued to canvas.
- Architecture See drum.
verbtam·boured, tam·bour·ing, tam·bours
To do (embroidery) on a frame consisting of two concentric hoops.
To embroider at or on such a frame.
Origin of tambourMiddle English from Old French perhaps ultimately from alteration ( influenced by Arabic &tlowdot;unbūr, &tlowdot;anbūr tambura ) of Arabic tabbūl hypocoristic form of &tlowdot;abl drum or &tlowdot;ubūl plural of &tlowdot;abl ; see tabla . or perhaps ultimately from alteration ( influenced by Arabic &tlowdot;unbūr, &tlowdot;anbūr ) of Persian tabīr, tabīra drum probably akin to Middle Persian tumbag and of imitative origin
- a circular frame for embroidery
- (architecture) the capital of a Corinthian column
- (military) A work usually in the form of a redan, to enclose a space before a door or staircase, or at the gorge of a larger work. It is arranged like a stockade.
- (biology) A shallow metallic cup or drum, with a thin elastic membrane supporting a writing lever. Two or more of these are connected by a rubber tube and used to transmit and register the movements of the pulse or of any pulsating artery.