- 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 ṭunbūr (colloq. form ṭanbūr), stringed instrument ; from Persian tabīrah, 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, ultimately from Arabic &tlowdot;anbūr, stringed musical instrument; probably akin to Persian tambūr, lute, from Middle Persian.
- 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.