Tympan definition

tĭmpən
(printing) A padding, as of paper or cloth, placed over the platen of a press to regulate the pressure on the sheet being printed.
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A tightly stretched sheet or membrane, as on the head of a drum.
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(obs.) A drum.
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The paper, cardboard, etc. stretched over the platen or impression cylinder of a printing press to cushion the paper being printed and equalize type pressure.
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Any membranelike part.
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A piece of cloth padding placed under the platen of a letterpress to distribute the pressure on the sheet being printed.
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(music) The stretched membrane of a drum; a percussion instrument consisting of a hollow cylinder with such a membrane at each end.
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(architecture) A tympanum.
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(architecture) A tympanum.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tympan
Plural:
tympans

Origin of tympan

  • Middle English timpan drum from Old English timpana from Latin tympanum from Greek tumpanon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin tympanum.

    From Wiktionary