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1. 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.
3. A rolling front or top for a desk or table, consisting of narrow strips of wood glued to canvas.
4. Architecture See drum.
v. tam·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.
[Middle English, from Old French, perhaps ultimately from alteration (influenced by Arabic ṭunbūr, ṭanbūr, tambura) of Arabic *tabbūl, hypocoristic form of ṭabl, drum, or ṭubūl, plural of ṭabl; see tabla, or perhaps ultimately from alteration (influenced by Arabic ṭunbūr, ṭanbūr) of Persian tabīr, tabīra, drum; probably akin to Middle Persian tumbag, and of imitative origin.]
1. (Tennis) real tennis the sloping buttress on one side of the receiver's end of the court
2. (Knitting & Sewing) a small round embroidery frame, consisting of two concentric hoops over which the fabric is stretched while being worked
3. (Knitting & Sewing) embroidered work done on such a frame
4. (Furniture) a sliding door on desks, cabinets, etc, made of thin strips of wood glued side by side onto a canvas backing
5. (Architecture) architect a wall that is circular in plan, esp one that supports a dome or one that is surrounded by a colonnade
6. (Instruments) a drum
(Knitting & Sewing) to embroider (fabric or a design) on a tambour
[C15: from French, from tabour tabor]
tam•bour(ˈtæm bʊər, tæmˈbʊər)
2. a circular frame consisting of two interlocking hoops in which cloth is stretched for embroidering.
3. embroidery done on such a frame.
4. a flexible shutter used as a desk top or door, composed of closely set wood strips attached to a piece of cloth, the whole sliding along in grooves.
6. to embroider on a tambour.
[1475–85; < Middle French: drum « Arabic ṭanbūr lute < Medieval Greek pandoúra; compare bandore]
Past participle: tamboured
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|Noun||1.||tambour - a frame made of two hoops; used for embroidering|
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
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