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tom-tom(tŏm′tŏm′) also tam-tam (tŭm′tŭm′, tăm′tăm′)
1. A mid-sized drum having one or two heads and a cylindrical body with a depth approximately equal to its diameter, often used in drum sets. Also called tom.
2. Any of various small-headed drums, usually long and narrow, that are beaten with the hands.
3. A monotonous rhythmical drumbeat or similar sound.
[Hindi ṭamṭam, probably of imitative origin.]
1. (Instruments) a drum associated either with the American Indians or with Eastern cultures, usually beaten with the hands as a signalling instrument
2. (Jazz) a standard cylindrical drum, normally with one drumhead
3. a monotonous drumming or beating sound
vb, -toms, -tomming or -tommed
(tr) informal to pass (information, esp gossip) around a community very quickly
[C17: from Hindi tamtam, of imitative origin]
1. a drum of American Indian or Asian origin, commonly played with the hands.
2. a dully repetitious drumbeat or similar sound.
[1685–95; < Hindi ṭamṭam]
tom-tom[ˈtɒmtɒm] N (= drum) → tantán m
a kind of drum usually beaten with the hands. trom طَبْلَه شائِعَه في جُزُر الهِنْد الشَّرْقِيَّه тъпан tantã tam-tam die Handtrommel tam-tam ταμ ταμ tantán tamtamm طبل tomtom-rumpu tam-tamטמטם टॉम-टॉम tamtam tamtam ketipung trumba tam-tam 太鼓 (손바닥으로 치는 북) 톰톰 tamtamas tamtams gendang tom-tom tamtamtamtamtromme tam-tam (موسيقى ( ډول tantã tam-tam тамтам tamtam tamtam tam-tam tamtam[trumma] กลอง tam tam (davulu) 手鼓 тамтам ايک قسم کا ڈرم trống cơm 手鼓