Definitions for: Tympan


[n] a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretch across each end



Webster (1913) Definition: Tym"pan, n. [F., fr. tympanum a kettledrum, a panel of
a door. See Tympanum, and cf. Tymp.]
1. A drum. [Obs.]

2. (Arch.) A panel; a tympanum.

3. (Print.) A frame covered with parchment or cloth, on which
the blank sheets are put, in order to be laid on the form
to be impressed.

Tympan sheet (Print.), a sheet of paper of the same size as
that to be printed, pasted on the tympan, and serving as a
guide in laying the sheets evenly for printing. --W.
Savage.

Synonyms: drum, membranophone

See Also: bass drum, bongo, bongo drum, drumhead, gran casa, head, percussion instrument, percussive instrument, side drum, snare, snare drum, tabor, tabour, tambour, tambourine, tenor drum, timbrel, tomtom

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